The long arm of law caught up with three robbery suspects on May 15 in Ijaye Ojokoro area of Lagos State as they were arrested by the police.
It was learnt that the suspects, before their arrest, had been terrorising residents of the area.
One of the residents, who simply identified himself as Mustapha, told newsmen that the suspects usually operate between 1 am and 4 am.
The suspects, Sunkanmi Akintayo,24; Ajibade Adeyemi, 25; and Ibrahim Ganiyu, 35, were arrested at about 5.am during one of their criminal escapades.
The gang members had begun terrorising the residents on the fateful day when landlords alerted the patrol team of Ijaye Ojokoro Police Division.
The police patrol team quickly responded and went after them.
As the news of the arrest spread, an angry mob gathered and threatened to burn the suspects alive, but the police prevented them from lynching the suspects.
In their confessional statements, Akintayo and Adeyemi said they were friends and that they began their friendship a few years back in the prison where they were serving various jail terms for criminal offences.
Akintayo said he was then sentenced to prison for stealing and other related offences, while Adeyemi claimed that he was jailed for stealing mobile phones and other household items.
The suspects added that they formed a new criminal gang immediately after they finished serving their prison terms.
They have, however, been transferred to the State Anti-Robbery Squad for further investigation.