Organized Crime 'We run different shifts during operations' - One-Chance robbers tell police

A notorious pick pocket and one chance robber has confessed that his gang runs efficiently with different shits.

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Henry Ate and his gang members play

Henry Ate and his gang members

(New Telegraph)
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A notorious pick pocket and one-chance robber, Henry Ate, shocked operatives of the Lagos State Police Command when he confessed that he and his gang members operated in a very organised fashion as they had different shifts for their opeartions.

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The 48-year-old suspect who was among seven other criminals arrested by the officials of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) attached to the Command, said he and other pick pockets usually operated in morning and evening shifts, to give room for easier monitoring of victims.

According to Ate, after every operation, the gang members would retire to hotel in the afternoon and regroup later in the evening.

“As at the time we were arrested, more than half of us had gone out for the morning operation, but seven of us were arrested at various bus stops along Oshodi-Mile 2 routes. As pickpockets, we know one another.

We have no other jobs than what we do; it is what we depend on. Sometimes, we pick pockets work with one-chance robbers.

In such operations, the driver and conductor are always involved. Whenever we are going on operation, we only pick about two to four passengers and dispossess them of their belongings and drop them by the roadside before speeding off.

But we don’t push down any passenger we have robbed. If I decide not go out with my gang, I always prefer to pick pocket alone at Shoprite and Governor’s Office area (in the Alausa area of Ikeja).”

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