Police arrest pickpocket ‘who had stolen over 240 mobile phones’

The police in Lagos sad its Rapid Response Squad team arrested a 27-year-old pickpocket who had allegedly “stolen over 240 mobile phones from Lagos commuters.”

Muyiwa Adejobi, the police spokesperson, said in a statement Monday that the suspect, Ayomide Sikiru, a resident of Mushin, was arrested around 10:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The police said the arrest was after the suspect had 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,” Mr Adejobi said.

“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,” the police said.

Mr Adejobi, a chief superintendent of police, said the suspect said he has been in the business of pickpocketing for 14 months, after learning the illegal “business” in 15 days from one Sakiru. He also reportedly confessed…

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