By Dayo Badmus,
A pickpocket suspect, Ayomide Sikiru has confessed that he had stolen over 240 mobile phones from Lagos commuters during his various pickpocketing escapades.
Sikiru confessed to the crime after his arrest by the officers of the state anti-crime outfit, the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).
Sikiru, 27, a resident of Akala area in Mushin, was arrested around 10:00pm. after he successfully picked a Tecno Camon 12 from the hand bag of an elderly woman when she was trying to board a commercial bus to Ojodu-Berger, Lagos.
The suspect, after stealing the phone, tried to alight from the bus but was restrained by a passenger who challenged him to return the phone he stole.
He denied stealing any phone until RRS officers stationed at Iyana Oworo searched and recovered the phone along with an iphone 7 and another mobile phone from his bag.
The owners of the phones were contacted immediately.
Sikiru disclosed that he has been in the business of pickpocketing for a year and two months after learning the illegal “business” in 15 days from one Sakiru.
He also confessed that he operates only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.