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Changing Game 'The collapse of my Yahoo-Yahoo' business led me into burglary' - Suspect

A young man who was arrested after he burgled a home in Lagos says the money he was making from Internet fraud was not enough for him.

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Joseph David, Yahoo boy turned burglar

(Total Media)

A 20-year-old burglar who was arrested by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command, Joseph David, has confessed to the police that he was making good money from Internet fraud popularly called 'Yahoo-Yahoo' until he was no longer able to make good money from the scam to sustain his lifestyle, hence his decision to turn to breaking and entering into people's homes to steal.

The Ekpoma, Edo State born David who was arrested by the police after he had successfully burgled two flats in Gbajobi Street, Balogun, Ikeja area of the state, where he stole three laptops and five mobile phones, said he spends nothing less than N240, 0000 monthly to pay for the hotel he stayed in the Dopemu area of the state.

He said he was actually going back to the hotel where he lived with his girlfriend, after the operation, when the police arrested him.

David, told the police that  he has been lodging in hotels where he pays N8,000 per night, because he could not live in his parents’ house as a result of the poverty stricken condition of the environment.

“I was returning to the hotel when I was accosted on Awolowo Way by RRS operatives and they stopped to check my bag. They found 1 Mac laptop; two HP laptops, two iPhone 5; one blackberry classic and two Nokia Touch phones.

The house I broke into is a two storey building behind Jabita Hotel in Balogun, Ikeja. I scaled its fence around 3:00 am and I finished the operation around 4:00 am.

I have broken into some other houses in that area before, where I stole handsets and laptops. I am into ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’ but money has not been forthcoming like before. I could barely make N100, 000 and N50, 000 like before. That is why I used break in and steal to augment my earning.

I stay in the hotel with my girlfriend and a couple of friends come around. Benjamin is the only buyer that I have. I have been an embarrassment to my parents”.

Th receiver of the stolen good, Benjamin Odinaka, a phone repairer at the Computer Village in Ikeja, also confessed that he has been buying the items from David.

“I buy phones and laptops from him. I used to visit him in whatever hotel he lodged in to buy the stolen items.

This is the third time that I would be buying laptops and phones from him. I have bought more than seven laptops and several phones. The last time I bought a Mac laptop, an HP laptop, an iphone 5 and a Blackberry phone from him.”

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