How I learnt the art of pick pocket, suspect confesses

A suspected pick pocket, who was arrested by operatives of the Rapid
Response Squad (RRS) at the Mile 2 area of Lagos State on Thursday,
has revealed how he learnt the trade.
The suspect, Monday Ubi, 23, was nabbed by the RRS around 11:40 am, in
a commercial bus heading towards FESTAC. He confessed that he used to
sell fairly used clothes until he met a customer who taught him the
trade after they got talking.
The RRS men were said to have responded to a distress call from one
Mr. Orji Ogbonnaya whose N28, 000 was removed by the suspect from his
pocket in the bus.
Ogbonnaya later told the police that the suspect sat beside him at the
last seat of the bus and removed the money from his pocket.
Ogbonnaya said: “I boarded a bus going to Mile 2 from Oshodi. On
getting to Toyota bus stop, the suspect came in as another passenger
because we still had vacant seats inside the bus. I never knew he had
a mission. I shifted a bit for him and he sat closer to me. When I
noticed that he had removed the money from my pocket, I pretended as
if nothing had happened. I started looking for where I could see a
police patrol vehicle to come to my rescue. I didn’t want to take the
law into my hands.
“When we got to Mile 2, the suspect alighted from the bus and I
immediately held his trousers. I called the attention of RRS patrol
team I saw around the area.”
Ogbonnaya further said that unknown to him; the suspect had passed the
money to one of his gang members. “When the policemen came, we saw one
man who just dropped the money on the ground and fled away. The
policemen ran after him but he absconded. The suspect was later
arrested,” narrated Ogbonnaya.
Ubi said that he lives at 19, Olutimeyin Street, Ipaja, Ayobo. He
confessed that he belonged to a gang that used to pick pockets of
unsuspecting people along the Mile 2 area of the metropolis.
Ubi added: “I used to sell fairly used clothes at Kantagowa Market.
One of my customers taught me how to remove handsets and money from
passengers pocket without them knowing. I intentionally sat beside the
victim in the bus because we always know our victims. That was not the
first time I had removed money from people’s pocket. I have been in
this profession for close to two years.”
The suspect appeal to the police to forgive him, adding, “I’ve
realised that there is no gain in stealing.”
The Police Public Relation Officer, (PPRO), DSP, Patricia Amadin
confirmed the arrest and reiterated the commitment of the command to
the armed robbery cases in the state. She said: “The State
Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, is totally committed to free
crime state.”