A man who sneaked into a nite club to steal a parked car was saved from certain death by police in Lagos.
PM News reports that the 27-year-old Ughelli, Delta State born thief had, on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, attempted to steal the car, a red Mercedes Benz A-Class with the registration number UB 202 AAA, from the parking lot of the club located in Ikeja, before he was spotted by the security men who promptly apprehended him.
But for the timely intervention by a police patrol team, Michael would have been killed as an angry mob wanted to lynch him. He was reportedly given a severe beating which left him injured and bleeding profusely before he was whisked away by the RRS operatives and taken to the hospital for medical attention.
The thief allegedly confessed that his intention was to take the car to a neighbouring country to sell before he was nabbed.
“I took a wrap of Indian-hemp before I went to the club that night. On getting to the club, I was looking for a car whose door was not locked.
Then, I started opening all the vehicles parked at the club’s parking space one after the other. I discovered that the car in question was not locked, which gave me free entry into it. I entered the car quietly with the aim of removing it from where it was parked and take it out for sale.
As I entered the car, I saw a group of men coming towards me. I still pretended as if the car was mine. When they got to my side, they asked me if the car was mine. Unknown to me, the owner of the car was with them.
I confidently told them the car belonged to me. They dragged me out of the vehicle and started beating me. If not for the timely intervention of the RRS officers, they would have killed me that night.”
The stolen car
Confirming the arrest, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmus, said efforts were in progress to arrest Michael's gang members.
“The suspect would be charged to court upon completion of our investigations. My advice to every vehicle owner is to ensure that your vehicles are parked in a secured place and properly locked to prevent car thieves from taking undue advantage of such negligence,” Badmus said.