A serial pickpocket who has been operating in the Ikeja area of Lagos State for years has been finally apprehended by the police.
Punch reports that the serial thief identified only as Dayo Skippo who was arrested at the Ikeja Under Bridge, has been stealing for a long time and has mastered the art so well that it has been difficult to arrest him.
Dayo Skippo, a school drop-out who said he was pushed into crime by the economic situation in the country, explained that all he needs to do is to have the slightest physical contact with his victim and their valuables are gone.
“I can use my head to remove anything from your body. I will just pretend as if I know you somewhere and in the process of giving you salutations, your item is gone,” he began.
He also confessed that he has a gang he works with and does not perpetrate the theft alone and in the case of the victim becoming suspicious, the gang would quickly swing into action.
One of the victims of Skippo who narrated his encounter with the suspect to the police, said:
“I went to Ikeja Computer Village to see a friend of mine. After seeing him, on my way to the bus park, I just saw someone hugged me from behind and later apologized to me when I told him I didn’t know him.
Before I could look around again, I discovered my phone was gone already and the guy was nowhere to be found.
I went back to my friend shop almost immediately to track my iPhone and the location and I saw was that my phone was already in Lagos Island."
Confirming the arrest of the suspect, the State Police Command in a statement, said he would soon be charged to court while efforts are being made to arrest his fleeing gang members.