FCT SARS nabs sus­pected taxi snatcher

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Ogechi Ohalee

Of­fi­cials of the FCT Spe­cial An­tiRob­bery Squad (SARS) said they have ar­rested a man, who spe­cialised in snatch­ing taxi cars af­ter lur­ing their own­ers to a drink­ing joint.

A com­pe­tent source said po­lice­men at­tached to the Spe­cial Anti-Rob­bery Squad, while on sur­veil­lance ar­rested a 26- yearold man with a Mas­ter Sa­loon car.

The source told our re­porter that upon in­ter­ro­ga­tion, the sus­pect con­fessed to have stolen the car from an un­sus­pect­ing man, whom he went drink­ing with.

“Ac­cord­ing to the sus­pect, he stopped the owner of the car pre­tend­ing to be a pas­sen­ger and re­quested the driver to take him to a gar­den to eat but on reach­ing there, he told the driver to join him in eat­ing,” he said.

Our re­porter gath­ered that the sus­pect told the vic­tim to eat and drink what­ever he wanted and af­ter a while, he told the taxi driver that he needed to go and get more money from the ATM, re­quest­ing the driver to give him his car key.

“The driver, who was told to eat and drink with­out sus­pect­ing that the man was a car thief, gave him his car keys, and the man dis­ap­peared with the ve­hi­cle,” the po­lice source added.

When con­tacted, the FCT Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Al­tine Daniel, con­firmed the ar­rest, al­leg­ing that the sus­pect also snatched other people’s cars.

She said be­fore his ar­rest, he met a vic­tim at a drink­ing joint and of­fered him a drink, as they were drink­ing, he used the same trick as the first and col­lected the car’s key and dis­ap­peared.

The Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent said that the two ve­hi­cles have been re­cov­ered, adding that in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing.

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