Edo Police Arrest Two Car Snatchers, Parade Suspects

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  • Cohorts in Port Harcourt and Enugu.

EDO STATE - Two suspects alleged to have stolen a Lexus 350 Jeep have been arrested by men of the Edo State Police command.

The two suspects, John Andrew, 40, and Okide Emmanuel, 53, were arrested in Enugu on Thursday.

One of the suspects John who is an artisan was alleged to have stolen the car in Benin city and drove it to Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

John works in a car spraying company located at Owina Street in Benin city, Edo state.

Standard Gazette gathered that he gained employment at the automobile company as a painter six months ago and has been targeting flashy car to snatch.

One of their clients brought an unregistered Lexus 350 jeep for them to spray to black colour.

John came to the workshop on a Sunday morning to remove the car from where it was parked and drove it to Port Harcourt where he met the second suspect Okide Emmanuel.

John Andrew 40 years and Okide Emmanuel 53 years old
John Andrew 40 years and Okide Emmanuel 53 years old. Photo: Standard Gazette

Emmanuel and the prime suspect John then drove the car to meet a buyer in Enugu state.

The car was immediately registered.

The office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone five had initially arrested the owner of the car spraying company following a complaint made by the car owner.

The theft was then reported at the office of the Anti Kidnapping And Cybercrime Unit of the Edo state police command through a petition to the commissioner of police for discrete investigation.

The two suspects were then trailed to Enugu state and arrested through police technical intelligence.

The Lexus Jeep was recovered.

Speaking with Standard Gazette Crime Correspondent FESTUS ALENKHE, one of the suspects said: "I wanted to sell the car to raise money to handle some pressing family needs, l regret stealing the Jeep. The owner of the company is a very nice man to me".

The police are to arraign the two suspects in court for stealing after the completion of the investigation

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