Femi Solomon was arrested by officers of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in Iyana Oworo, Lagos State for stealing a Samsung phone from a passenger during a bus stampede.
Femi Solomon, a pick pocket for about 21 months in his statement, claimed to have stolen approximately 1200 phones before he was caught.
“In my rough estimation, I would have stolen 1,200 phones both by standing in bus stops and inside commercial buses.”
The RRS Operatives claimed he stole phones between August 2016 and last week Saturday when he was caught.
According to the statement, Femi who is an auto technician said he joined a gang in obalende, where he trade in used clothes popularly called “Okrika”.
He said that one of his customers introduced him to the gang.
In his statement, he said: “I noticed he was coming to Obalende finely dressed with so much money. I told him I was looking for a better job and he assured me of his assistance. I followed and we were moving from one bus stop to the other till evening. He was stealing from passengers inside bus and at bus stops.”
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“For six months I followed him, we could pick six to eight phones and wallets from people without their knowledge. He kept everything to himself, but at the end of the day he would give me between N4000 to N6000 depending on his wish.”
“On August 2016, I started on my own. I wasn’t bold enough to pickpocket during the day so, I go out in the evening. I started operation at 6pm and ended at 9pm. My target is between four and five mobile phones in a day, once I hit that figure, I stopped operation. I sell phones to a friend in Lagos Island.”
“The routes I normally go are Ajegunle, Iyana Oworo to Hetu, Ketu to Ojota and Oshodi to Mile 2. I operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays also operate at night parties and where there are over night events.”
Superintendent (SP) Chike Oti, the Police spokesman, said the suspect had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).