A yet-to-be-identified man has been arrested by the police in Lagos for theft.
He was arrested for allegedly attempting to use a towing van to steal a black Camry in the Abule Egba area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the faulty car was parked outside the premises of a building in the Exalted Community Development Association, Abule Egba.
In a bid to perpetrate the crime, the suspect, who was said to have pretended to own the faulty car, approached operators of a towing vehicle to assist him in towing the vehicle to the Kantangura Market in Abule Egba for repairs.
The operators, before agreeing to tow the car, however, demanded the key and vehicle documents.
The suspect was said to have presented the documents of another vehicle, as the operators raised the alarm.
A resident, whose name could not be ascertained in a video clip of the incident seen by our correspondent, said people in the area mobbed the suspect.
The resident said, “This is the Camry car that he wanted to steal. You that park your vehicle outside, be very watchful. Aboki will come with a towing vehicle to tow your parked vehicle away.
“This is the Aboki and this is the Camry car he wanted to tow. This is the towing vehicle he brought to tow a vehicle that was parked here.
“Thank God those operating the towing vehicle are very intelligent; they asked for the key and document and he could not provide them and they arrested him and handed him over to the police in our community.
“The Aboki is a criminal; the vehicle broke down and the person parked it outside his compound. This is the Aboki; he said he is from Kebbi State; he said he is based in Katangura where they will cut your vehicle and sell all the parts.”
In the video clip, the suspect was seen panting as he sat on the floor close to the vehicle.
Our correspondent gathered that the suspect was handed over to policemen at the Meiran Police Station for investigation.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said he would get back to our correspondent.
He had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.