Daily Trust (Abuja)

10 February 2013

Nigeria: Abuja Thief - I Unlock Car Doors With 'Master Key'

A middle-aged man arrested yesterday by the police in Garki Abuja for allegedly stealing valuables in parked vehicles, said he uses master keys to undo car door locks.

Akintunde Fatai was arrested by the police after a tip-off and detained in the Garki 2 Divisional Police Station. He was picked up after stealing two mobile phones in a parked car.

"I used master keys to unlock car doors and thereafter remove valuable items I find inside.

"Most of the things I steal are items such as phones and laptops left inside the cars. I sold some of the items I stole and used the money to buy food to eat."

He said he had no fixed price for the stolen but had people who buy from him at reasonable price.

"I stole two phones recently in a car and sold one for N20,000 and the other for N15,000."

The Divisional Police Officer, Chief Superintendent Femi Abaniwonda said Fatai was arrested by the police after stealing two Nokia phones from a car adding that the passkeys he used in undoing locks were recovered from him.

Police are making moves to trace his accomplices as well as some of the stolen property.

A laptop computer stolen and sold by Fatai was recovered from a man in Gwarimpa, he said.

The DPO said improved motorised patrols have completely stopped theft and robbery incidents in the area.

According him, crime records in the station have shown that "no robbery and burglary incident occurred recently.

He said the station has investigated a media report in which a banker and a shopkeeper were said to have been robbed.

"So far, no one has reported the incidents to us and we are yet to establish the cases.

"But we appealed to the victims to give us a precise report on how it occurred," the DPO stressed.

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