By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
A suspected notorious pickpocket that specialises in pilfering of mobile phones from unsuspecting victims has disclosed that he has stolen no fewer than 240 phones from commuters.
The suspect, identified as Ayorinde Sikuru, 27, made the disclosure during interrogation by police operatives attached to the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command at the weekend.
Sikiru, a resident of Akala, Mushin, a notorious criminal den in Lagos, was reportedly arrested by operatives of the Squad at about 10.00pm on Sunday after he had successful picked a Tecno Camon 12 from the hand bag of an elderly woman.
According to reports, the woman was trying to board a commercial bus to Ojodu Berger, when the incident occurred.
The police public relations officer CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi confirmed the arrest of the suspect in a release made available to journalists on Monday.
Adejobi stated that the suspects also disclosed that he has been in the business of pickpocketing for a year and two months after learning the illegal “business” in 15 days from one Sakiru.
The suspect further confessed that he operates only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The statement reads, ” In another development, one pickpocket who was arrested by the men of Rapid Response Squad (RRS), has disclosed that he has stolen over 240 mobile phones from Lagos commuters.
The pickpocket, Ayomide Sikiru, 27, a resident of Akala, Mushin, was arrested around 10:00 p.m. after he successfully picked a Tecno Camon 12 from the hand bag of an elderly woman when she was trying to board a commercial bus to Ojodu-Berger, Lagos.
The suspect, after stealing the phone, tried to alight from the bus but was restrained by a passenger who challenged him to return the phone he stole. He denied stealing any phone until RRS officers stationed at Iyana Oworo searched and recovered the phone along with an iphone 7 and another mobile phone from his bag. The owners of the phones had been contacted immediately.
Sikiru disclosed that he has been in the business of pickpocketing for a year and two months after learning the illegal “business” in 15 days from one Sakiru. He also confessed that he operates only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays”.