By Smile Igbekele
All the way from Imo State, a man who claimed to be an expert in stealing from parked vehicles, Chinonse Okezonu, 31, has been arrested and charged to court in Okitipupa.
He was caught while carrying out his dubious trade on Broad Street, Okitipupa.
He was arrested, taken to court and subsequently convicted upon pleading guilty to the offence.
According to Chinonse, he, together with two other men had arrived at the scene of the incident on a motorcycle.
He said: “One of us was on the motorcycle with its engine running, while I went into the shop of one Festus Olajide, an artist to engage him in discussion while the looting of his car parked beside the road was going on.”
“During the process, I looked up and discovered that somebody was inside my car. I got up and made for the parked car, shouting thief! thief!!
“The man inside the car dashed out and jumped on the waiting motorcycle and they rode away like lightning,” Olajide told the court.
As the one who kept him busy with discussion was trying to escape, he grabbed him.
“I held him, raised alarm and people around converged on the scene. He pleaded that he be treated gently as he was ready to say the truth.
“He told the crowd how they came from Imo State and lodged in a hotel at Ore and from there went about looting parked vehicles.
“When I checked for a sum of N125,000 kept in the car, it has vanished,” Olajide narrated.
It was gathered that the syndicate usually gained access to cars through a locally made master key, which the convict said was manufactured in Imo State and can open any car.
Adjourning the case till November 27, 2015, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Banji Ayeomoni ordered the police to arrest the fleeing members of the gang and bring them to court on the adjourned date for judgement.