Operatives of the zonal monitoring unit of the Assistant Inspector General of police in charge of Lagos and ogun have arrested a 40-year-old lone ranger identified as Tope Oladiran who specialises in stealing laptop computers, goes about looking for whose phone to snatch as he operates during early hours of the day and late at night.
Explaining further, ‘the zonal Police Public Relation Officer, Dsp Hauwa Idris in a statement said the notorious criminal has been putting up with his girlfriend (Name withheld) who works in a hotel as a waitress, with whom he has a child, adding that whenever the lady is not available, tope hangs within the hotel premises.
The ZPPRO said the last operation tope went for that led to his arrest was when he preyed on a woman at ori-okuta, a location in Agric Area of ikorodu on the 29th of March, 2020.
“The suspect, (Tope) was unable to rob the woman of her mobile phone before she went into her compound but somehow got to know that the woman lives alone with her two children inside the said house”.
Hauwa said the suspect did hang around until later that night when he scale the fence to gain entrance into the compound and was able to enter the building through the kitchen, went upstairs and hit the woman as the frightened woman pleaded for her live and that of her children while she offered him her phone and laptop computer.
‘The suspect ransacked the whole building and found some building and found some frozen food stocked in the freezer and boiled some for himself, went to the victim and told her all he was doing in the kitchen while he threatened to have unlawful carnal knowledge of the woman when he is done eating he was preparing in the victim’s kitchen’.
‘While he returned to the kitchen to dish what he had cooked, the helpless woman jumped from upstairs, raised an alarm and called out for help, as the suspect escaped with the woman’s phone’.
‘This was how the zonal monitoring unit of Zone Two Police command swung into action after several attempts to get him escaped through the ceiling and eventually got him arrested through native intelligence in Akute axis where he was relaxing in a hotel‘
The ZPPRO said investigation is ongoing, and that suspect will be charged to court.