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Police smash car snatching syndicate in Abia

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Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia

 men of the Abia State Police Command have smashed a car snatching syndicate, which specialises in bringing stolen cars from neighbouring states into Abia for sale.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Adeleye Oyebade, who disclosed this while briefing journalists in Umuahia, said operatives of the command had been on the lookout for the hoodlums in the state.

He said the police had on April 27, 2017, arrested the duo of Emmanuel John and Onyeka Nnaji and recovered one Lexus RX 300 with number plate, ABC 472 LK, from them.

Oyebade added that the suspects confessed to have allegedly received the car from one Don in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, after the car was snatched from its owner in Asaba, Delta State.

Also recovered, according to the CP, were a Toyota Lexus with number plate, UNC 986 AA, believed to have been stolen from the owner, Ezeru Falvian, in Port Harcourt.

Oyebade pointed out that the car was tracked down to Adindu Street, off Port Harcourt Road, Aba, in the possession of one Samuel Enyinnaya.

It was learnt that the suspect confessed to have bought the car on October 2016 from one Emmaunel Chigbu, who resided at Methodist Church Road in Abayi Aba.

Oyebade said, “Other cars recovered in the period under review are one Pathfinder, with number plate, CU 195 FST, abandoned by its driver, who could not produce the vehicle documents at a checkpoint in Osisioma Aba.

“Another driver also abandoned a Toyota Sienna  with number plate, SMK 732 AU, after he was intercepted at Bata Junction, Aba.

“The vehicle was flagged to stop, but the driver refused, hence the police patrol team went after him. He jumped out of the vehicle and ran into an adjoining street,” he said.

Oyebade said effort was on to arrest the fleeing drivers and other suspects in connection with the stolen vehicles recovered by the police, adding that the suspect in custody had made useful confessions about his involvement in the crime.

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