158 views | Kenechukwu Ofomah | July 30, 2020
A suspected member of a two member-gang who specialized in the act of stealing batteries of parked vehicles was yesterday nabbed with a stolen vehicle battery in the Rubber Plantation area of Cemetery Road, Delta State in the early hours of Monday, July 27, 2020.
The suspect, who identified himself as Donald Ekun is an indigene of Akwa Ibom State but resides in Kona Chemist area near Hausa Quarters by Warri/Sapele Road and had confessed to our correspondent that he was a member of the gang.
The suspect revealed that his colleague in a crime known as Godbless out-ran the security men and that the said Godbless was the one with the master key which they used in unlocking parked vehicles.
He also confessed that they also specialized in stealing of concrete slabs used in covering gutters and that they were the brains behind the missing concrete slabs in gutters in front MRS Filling Station along Warri/ Sapele Road by Cemetery Road Junction.
According to the suspect, the stolen vehicle batteries were sold for N2,500 each while a set of five concrete slabs was sold for twenty thousand naira.
The vigilante men from Red Bar Vigilante Security Organization who arrested the suspect later took him to where a dark blue Jetta car was parked at Igbudu Market where he allegedly stole the battery from.
TNC gathered that the car was stolen from the owner who lived in far away Okumagba Estate area of the town, as an identity card and other vital documents of the owner of the car seen inside the car showed.
When the owner of the car, one Sunday Nnoworie was contacted, he confirmed that his car was stolen from where it was parked on Friday, July 24, 2020.
The Chairman of Igbudu Unit 11, Chief Julius Edafiadjebre who was called to the scene of the crime by the investigating security outfit attested that there had been cases of stolen vehicle batteries in the area and that he was a two-time victim.
The suspect also led men of vigilante outfit to the store of one of the alleged buyers of stolen vehicle batteries who was arrested with him and taken to the Police ‘ A’ Divisional Headquarters, Warri.