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  • Updated: April 24, 2024

Police raid criminal hideout, arrest car snatchers, recover 12 stolen vehicles in Edo, Delta

Police raid criminal hideout, arrest car snatchers, recover

Three suspected members of an Edo and Delta state car-snatching gang have been detained by the Delta State Police Command.

On Wednesday in Warri, SP Bright Edafe, the command's police Public Relations Officer, revealed this to reporters. She also mentioned that the police had recovered 12 stolen cars from them.

According to Edafe, one of the suspects was apprehended on April 11 in Okpe Local Government Area, while others were taken into custody in Benin on Friday after the former confessed.

He brought forward the claim that one of the suspects used a master key to take a Toyota Corolla from its parking spot at DSC township in Oruwhorun, Udu Local Government Area.

He said that the vehicle was subsequently seen near the Oha intersection in the Okpe Local Government Area on the Eku/Warri route.

“On April 11, following information from one man (name withheld) that his Toyota car was stolen from where it was parked in Oruwhorun and was sighted on Eku/Warri road by Oha junction in Okpe, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Orerokpe division, CSP Paul Oboware, swiftly mobilised patrol teams alongside members of Oha community vigilantes.

“They chased the suspects to the army checkpoint at Orerokpe junction and double-crossed the vehicle.

“Consequently, one of the suspects, aged 47, was arrested; the vehicle was recovered with the master key they used,” he said.

According to Edafe, the first inquiry showed that the suspect and his group had a reputation for robbing parked automobiles of their belongings.

He claimed that after more research and questioning, the suspect helped the police apprehend two additional suspects, who were 39 and 40 years old, on Friday in Benin City.

According to the spokesperson, the two suspects were experts at swapping the old engine and chassis numbers with new ones before listing the cars for sale.

During the activity, he said that 12 suspected stolen cars were found in Benin City and Warri. The suspects were experts at turning off cars equipped with auto trackers.

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