- suspects came from Imo state for the sole purpose of the crime.
On Monday, Edo State police command arrested three suspects breaking into cars and looting items.
The suspects, Emmanuel Gideon, Emeka EzeOkafor and Ezenwa Okolie - all non-indigenes, were arrested around the kings square in Benin city.
Standard Gazette gathered that the trio breaks into parked vehicles and loot valuable items.
The suspects only came to Benin for the sole purpose of the criminal act.
They target vehicles around new Benin, Kings Square, Mission and Forestry roads, all in Benin municipality.
The report revealed that the suspects trailed a man who parked his car along Mission Road in Benin city with mobile phones and other personal effects intact.
SG gathered that the alleged criminals had broken the Windscreen of a vehicle before stealing their valuables.
Again, the suspects were at Akpakpava road in Benin city, where they also broke into the car and stole some personal items.
The suspects also specialise in picking pockets in public buses.
Their modus operandi is to sit near passengers where they use their bodies to push persistently to distract the passengers from stealing the victims' mobile phones and other personal effects.
After the theft, the suspects would disembark from the bus.
According to one of the suspects, "We came from Imo state for the operation. We usually lodge in cheap hotels.
"We use iron rods to break the Windscreen of vehicles then steal items inside the cars.
Last year, I was caught by the police but released from prison in Imo state".
Contacted, Edo state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Bello Kontongs said, "Yes, we arrested three suspects. We investigated and discovered that they are perpetual thieves in Benin city. They will be arraigned in court soon."©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.