Anambra State Police Command has arrested a 64-year-old grand father and two members of his syndicate who specialized in car snatching in South Eastern States.
The suspects were arrested at Nnobi in Idemili South local government area of the state.
Mrs Nkeiruka Nwode, State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) who paraded the suspects before journalists on Thursday said the suspects stole a wine coloured Toyota Tacoma SUV parked by a worshiper on a Sunday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Amakohia, Owerri, Imo State.
She stated that the suspects were tracked by men of the state command to Nnobi where they were arrested through a tip-off.
Nwode, who gave the names of the suspects as Monday Uche (64), Sunday Ofoekwe (42) and Joseph Chikezie (60) said Uche and Chikezie conspired with two others, Samuel Okowa and Johnson Okowa who are still at large to remove the car where it was parked in a church.
She said the third suspect was only brought into the deal by the duo who planned to sell the car to him, just as he (Chikezie) denied that he had any intention of buying the car.
Items recovered from the suspects include 25 bunches of car keys, One master key, one federal road safety jacket and banner, two number plates (MUS 515 AX Lagos and NSH 109 FM Anambra, one emergency tyre pump, one Toyota ignition key seating, sets of spanners and Anambra state vigilante ID card.
She said that the suspects had confessed to the crime and had been assisting police with useful information and would be handed over to the Imo state police command where the crime was committed for prosecution.
“I want to call on the good people of Anambra to be security conscious at all times and report any strange observation or suspicious movements to the security agencies,” she added.