- Police have arrested a notorious, Olayemi Adeoye, car snatcher in Ondo state
- He was said to have stolen 32 cars in three years
- The spokesman of the Ondo state police command, Femi Joseph, said that Adeoye was nabbed at Shasha market in Akure while trying to steal a Toyota Corolla car
A notorious car snatcher, Olayemi Adeoye, was on Thursday, July 19, paraded by the police in Akure, Ondo state.
NAIJ.com gathered that Adeoye was nabbed alongside two other suspects for allegedly stealing three vehicles at different locations in the state capital.
The other arrested two are Ayeni Paul, a tailor, and Abiola Anifowose, a vulcanizer at the Igoba area of Akure.
According to Oluwadamilare Moriyeke, the NAIJ.com regional reporter in Ondo state, the principal culprit and ex-convict, Adeoye, was paraded with the two suspects before journalists at the police headquarters.
It was gathered that the suspect stole 25 cars in 2015 and 7 cars this year, amounting to 32 car thefts in three years and was just released from a criminal charge on June 15.
Adeoye had earlier been arrested in September 2016 by the police in Lagos after he was trailed to Akure for also stealing some vehicles.
The 28-year-old is reported to be a specialist in bursting and stealing Honda cars and jeeps.
The spokesman of the Ondo state police command, Femi Joseph, said that Adeoye was nabbed at Shasha market in Akure while trying to steal a Toyota Corolla car with registration Number SS 719 AAA.
Joseph also explained that the owner of the stolen vehicle reported the car theft at the station while the police immediately swung into action.
He said that both men conspired together to sell the stolen cars at the rate of N700,000 only.
"Luck ran against him (Adeoye) at Shasha market when he attempted to steal a Honda jeep belonging to one Mr. Olanipekun that was driven by his wife," Joseph revealed.
"The report immediately got to us and we arrested him and he was taken to our station where he truly confessed to numerous vehicles thefts in the state.
"He told us he had his own master keys and he would cleverly enter into the vehicles, switch them on and make away with them. He really specializes in stealing CRV Honda cars.
"The most saddening of it is that sometimes he was arrested for stealing cars but we were always shocked to see him again anytime we charged him to court.
"We always charged him to court on our own part but we are always surprised to see him come back to the society again to do what he knows how best to do. He has been arrested twice and charged to court but you would be surprised that this man would come back again", he said.
Joseph, however, vowed that the arrested culprit would be charged to a competent court and be made to face thorough prosecution.
He urged criminals to steer clear of the state as the command is resolved to reduce criminal activities to the barest minimum across the 18 councils of the state, adding that the suspects would be charged to court immediately.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the Nigeria police force, Niger state command, paraded 48 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers, car snatchers and cattle rustlers arrested with exotic weapons, expensive cars and fake dollars to the tune of N490 million.
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