I make close to N20,000 daily from pickpocketing – Suspect

A suspected robber caught in Computer Village, Ikeja area of Lagos State has admitted to operatives of the Lagos Rapid Response Squad (RRS) that he made at least N18,000 everyday trading stolen phones.

The suspect, Lawal Daodu, 31, was caught on Friday at around 5:00 p.m. when he unsuccessfully picked a cell phone from the pocket of someone passing by in Ikeja Under-Bridge.

Lawal, who had already picked two android phones before his arrest was lifting another android phone from the pocket of another passerby when the phone mistakenly dropped from his hand and alerted the owner.

He was immediately detained by the RRS officers appointed to the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) stationed at Ikeja Under-Bridge.

Just as the suspect was revealing the source of the phones in his ownership, one of his victims, who was trying to catch a sight of what was happening saw his phone in his hands.

Lawal later confessed to the police that he operates in computer village in Ikeja and Tafawa Balewa square in Lagos Island.

 “On Friday, I was in Computer Village as usual. I have picked two phones in the morning, which I sold to my customers in Computer Village.

“In the afternoon, I resumed picking few phones. I was picking the third one when the owner raised an alarm, which attracted the attention of the RRS men. They arrested me and unfortunately, just as I was trying to prove my innocence, one of my victims identified his phone in my hand.

“I don’t operate every time. I go out at times twice in a week and I make at least N18,000 from pickpocketing. There were times I made more than that, especially, when I pick expensive phones. I started pickpocketing in 2017 and I have never been arrested before. I buy and sell cloth in Computer Village. I resort to pickpocketing occasionally.

“I sell the phones to Afeez and Lanre. They are street guys in Computer Village. I was trained by Bello. I have not seen him in a long while now,” he added.

Commenting on the improvement, the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, stated that the suspect is supporting the police in the arrest of the customers of his stolen phones in Computer Village, Ikeja.

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