A 40-year-old suspected pickpocket has been arrested by operatives of the Bayelsa State Vigilante Service.
The suspect, Thankgod Godwin, from Oghara in Delta State, who allegedly operates a tricycle on a daily basis to snatch valuables from commuters, was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning, June 13, by operatives stationed at the popular Tombia-Etegwe roundabout in Yenagoa.
In a statement, the State Vigilante Chairman, Hon. Doubiye Alagba, said the suspect was arrested after he was identified and trailed by a victim whose phone he snatched last Thursday along the Alamieyeseigha expressway in Yenagoa.
“The suspect and his accomplice one Keme, popularly known as Lion who resides in Biogbolo now at large, specialise in pickpocketing using tricycle.”
“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.
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 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 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 raised alarm, the Bayelsa State Vigilante members stationed their, quickly came to my rescue and one of them escaped and the driver was caught.”
Hon. Alagba further disclosed that the suspect confessed that he has been in the business of pickpocketing for months, after learning the illegal “business” from the Keme who narrowly escaped from the keke. He also reportedly confessed that they operates on a daily basis.
Four phones and some cash allegedly stolen from commuters where recovered from the suspect.
He has been handed over to the Ekeki Division of the Nigeria Police Force in the state capital for further investigation.