‘I landed in trouble after approaching policeman to buy stolen car’

Metro and Crime 21 December, 2018

Mr. Olaleye Lateef, 30, has revealed how he used to start car engines, using a screwdriver.
According to him, he resorted to using a screwdriver after he had a fall out with his friend, Ade.

He explained that before his quarrel with Ade, the guy had a master key, which they used in kick starting and stealing cars from where they are parked.

Lateef, who was arrested by detectives attached to the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos State, claimed that, devil pushed him into the crime.

Nobody knows how long he had been involved in this crime, but he was arrested after he stole a Toyota Corolla car.

The suspect was said to have carried out the operation with his accomplice, Kareem Kolade (25).

The Assistant-Inspector General, (AIG) Lawal Shehu, in charge of Zone 2, said: “This group specialised in stealing parked cars. They don’t go on the highway to rob people, rather they have masters’ keys. On December 12, 2018, we received information about their activities. They were tracked and arrested. A vehicle and a master key were recovered from them. However, the suspects are three in number and have no fixed addresses. They are just hoodlums, who go about stealing vehicles. They have confessed to the crime.”

The police said that Lateef is an ex-convict. The police disclosed that the suspect stole a car, which led to his being jailed. But after his prison term, rather than turn a new leaf, he went back to his old ways.

Lateef recounted: “I have been on this job for about two years now. This is the fourth car I have stolen. On that fateful day, I used a screwdriver to start the car. I was using a master key before I started using screwdriver. The key belonged to my friend and partner, Ade. We had a disagreement and separated. It was after we separated, that Ade left with his master key. I was forced to start using screwdriver.”

Lateef said that after he successfully moved the Toyota Corolla car, he started looking for a buyer.
He went to his friend, Kolade, whom he met in prison. Kolade introduced him to a buyer, identified as Adam.

Lateef said: “Adam, however, said that he was not interested in buying the car, so I went to look for another buyer. I got the contact of a guy from one of my friends. I didn’t know the ‘buyer’ was a policeman. I contacted him and started negotiating price with him. He agreed to buy, but arrested me.”

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