The Rapid Response Squad, Lagos State Police Command has arrested an ex-convict, Kunle Afolabi for his unhindered vandalism of vehicles in Lagos State.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole confirmed the arrest pointing to the fact that he has gotten away with 57 successful vandalism already.
The 31-year old was caught in the act by members of the Police at CMS, Lagos Island where he was doing the usual with a Toyota Corolla Vehicle.
At his arrest, two brainboxes of Toyota Vehicles and four winding buttons were said to have been recovered from him.
It was gathered that the car belonged to a deacon of First Baptist Church in Broad Street.
The suspect, however, did not deny the claim since he was caught in the act by the Police. he went ahead to confess that he has removed parts from the deacon’s car as well as a neighbours car too.
“He also confessed to participating in the vandalism of over 57 cars in Lagos. He is an ex-convict; he was arrested by the RRS men around 4 am on Friday in CMS after escaping from Broad Street, Lagos Island, where he had vandalised a car,” the police added.
The ex-convict also said that he used to be an Illegal oil bunker until 2014 when he began car theft.
He said, “I was introduced into stealing of vehicle parts by Yinka, a friend living in Cole Street, Oyingbo, Lagos, in 2014. Together, we stole brainboxes of many vehicles, including Toyota and Lexus. Our areas of operations were Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Ajah and Lagos Island. We operated thrice weekly.”
“Having mastered the act, I started operating alone. I majored in brainboxes of (Toyota) Corolla and Hilux.”
The suspect also revealed that he makes N40,000 on each Toyota Corolla brainbox he sold and N70,000 for that of Hilux.
He stated that he had never lacked someone to purchase the stolen items.
He said, “I usually go for operations on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays. Because I wanted to operate on the Lagos Island that night (Friday), I told my wife that I was going to work. She knows I am into illegal oil bunkering around Takwa Bay.”
“About a year ago, the police forced me to abandon it for stealing car parts. I surveyed Broad Street around 9 pm on Thursday to see any vehicle I could remove its brainbox.”
“When it was 3 am, I sneaked into Broad Street for operation. Before getting there, I had removed the brainbox of a Toyota Corolla parked on the adjoining street.”
“I had removed the brainbox and all the winding buttons in the (deacon’s) car when a guard spotted me. He raised the alarm which drew the attention of the Rapid Response Squad officers around. I was chased and arrested.”
“I sell the stolen items to a vehicle parts dealer, called Senior, in the Coconut area of Ajegunle.”
The Police revealed that efforts are in place already to apprehend others involved in the act.