Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, at the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, have arrested a fake Army Lieutenant said to be the leader of a notorious syndicate that specialises in stealing of cars from showrooms across Lagos and Imo States.
The suspect, identified as Michael Okoeze, was arrested when SARS operatives received an intelligence report on the gang’s activities and trailed him down to the home of his woman friend at Ogudu area of the state where they recovered four pairs of military uniform with badges of rank, berets, army identification cards and army boots.
His modus operandi, according to sources, is that the suspect, clad in a military uniform with the rank of a Lieutenant, would storm his preferred car showroom in a taxi and after indicating his interest in one of the cars, would ask the salesman to allow him test drive the car while the taxi waited for him, after which he will abscond with the car.
A source who pleaded anonymity told Vanguard that one of the victims, who lost a Honda Civic, contacted the command and the officer in charge of SARS, Superintendent of Police, SP, Abba Kyari, led a team of operatives who trailed the suspect to a hotel where he lodged.
According to the source, “but when the suspect noticed the presence of the policemen he jumped out through the window but was later arrested at the home of his girl friend.
“The stolen Honda Civic Car with number plate LAGOS PQ 786 KJA and Honda CRV Sport Utility Van, allegedly stolen from Imo State were also recovered.”
When contacted the spokesperson of the Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, Ngozi Braide, said the suspect had made confessional statements and he was helping the police to track down other members of his syndicate.