Operatives of the Bayelsa State Vigilante Service have arrested a 40 year old notorious pickpocket who operates with tricycle also known as keke on a daily basis to snatch valuables from commuters.
The suspect, Thankgod Godwin, who hails from Oghara in Delta State was arrested on Monday by men of the Vigilante Service stationed at the popular Tombia-Etegwe roundabout in the state capital.
According to the State Vigilante Chairman, Hon. Doubiye Alagba, the suspect was arrested after he was identified and trailed by a victim he had stolen his phone, last week Thursday along the Alamieyeseigha expressway in Yenagoa.
“Suspect and his accomplice one Keme, popularly known as Lion who resides in Biogbolo now at large, are specialist in pickpocketing, using tricycle (Keke).
“Luck ran out of them this morning when they where identified by a victim they allegedly stole from last week Thursday and he was arrested while his Keke has been burnt down by angry mobs”, Alagba said.
Hon. Alagba further disclosed that, the suspect confessed that he had been in the business of pickpocketing for months, after learning the illegal “business” from
his friend, Keme who narrowly escaped from the keke.
Four phones and some cash were recovered from the suspect’s possession, which according to him was stolen this money from commuters.
According to the the victim, Mr. Stanley Egwe, “Last week Thursday, along the Alamieyeseigha expressway, I entered their Keke, he was the driver and his second sat beside me, we agreed on dropping me at Akenpai junction, was surprised for the driver to stop halfway and said he is not going anymore, that I should come down, not knowing his accomplice beside me had already stolen my phone.
“This morning, I was on my way to work, at Akenpai junction, I saw this same two boys inside the same Keke, I immediately followed them with another tricycle, thinking when we get to Tombia roundabout, I will see a police van at the junction and raise alarm, we got to the junction and there was no police van, I immedately ran into their vehicle and raise alarm, the Bayelsa State Vigilante members stationed their, quickly came to my rescue and one of them escaped and the driver was caught”.
The suspect has been handed over to the Ekeki Division of the Nigeria Police Force in the state capital for further investigation.