As reiterated here on Naijauto several times, the strategies used by car thieves in ridding owners of their properties have become worrisome. You wouldn’t but agree that you can’t be too careful in taking care of and securing your vehicle and valuables in it as much as you can.
The syndicate members were nabbed recently by the police for snatching victims' vehicles after drugging them
Just recently, a gang of thieves whose specialty is drugging vehicles owners before taking off with their cars in Rivers and Imo states, has just been apprehended by the police.
Rabiu Ladodo, Commissioner of Police in Imo State made it known that it took the police unit under his command a lot of time and effort before getting this syndicate locked down. This was after the incident where they drugged a car owner, Chukwuemeziem Nwoke, and stole his vehicle while he was unconscious.
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The Commissioner of Police disclosed:
“We acted on a tip-off by one Chukwuemeziem Nwoke that his blue Toyota Camry with number plate ABC 20 AT and phone were snatched from him on March 25 by unknown persons”.
He further said:
“One of the suspects was trailed and arrested at Orji in Owerri. Upon interrogation, he confessed to the crime and mentioned his accomplice as one Kingsley Okeke, a native of Amauzu in the Ahaiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of the state but resident in Rivers State, who helped to sell the vehicle to one Kingdom Ugochukwu, who is a native of Chokocho Echie in Rivers State.”
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Additionally, Rabiu Ladodo shared that the suspected car thieves will be charged to court soon and made to face the wrath of the law, as a way of sending a strong message to other perpetuators of similar crimes in the state.
After stealing the car, Ugochukwu, a member of the syndicate, fixed the tinted glasses and replace the number plate before selling it for N750,000. He gave ₦20,000 to his accomplices as commission.