Car Thief Nabbed By Police In Lagos After Vandalism Of 57 Vehicles
An ex-convict, Kunle Afolabi, after months of criminal operation vandalising vehicles, has been brought to book after being arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command.
The 31-year-old suspect was reported to have been arrested at CMS, Lagos Island after he had vandalised a Toyota Corolla on Broad Street.
Information was gathered by newsmen that the vandalised car belonged to a deacon of the First Baptist Church on the street.
Among the parts that were reportedly recovered from Afolabi were two brainboxes of Toyota vehicles, along with four winding buttons.
The police said that Afolabi, a native of Oye-Ekiti State, confessed to removing the auto parts from the deacon’s car, as well as from another Toyota Corolla in the same neighbourhood.
“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.
According to the report, the suspect, in his statement, also disclosed that he was initially involved in illegal oil bunkering before taking to car theft in 2014.
He said, “I was introduced into stealing of vehicle parts by Yinka, a friend living on 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.”
Afolabi further explained that he sold the stolen Toyota Corolla brainboxes at a price of N40,000 each, while he sold the ones which he took from Hilux vehicles sold at the rate of N70,000 each.
He stated that the buyers who purchased the stolen goods from him were readily available, and were always waiting for him to come to the market with his poached wears.
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 arrest of Afolabi was confirmed by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, who added that efforts were currently being made by the police to arrest more suspects.