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Police Nabs 18-Year-Old Boy For Stealing N500, 000 Roofing Sheets In Lagos

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An 18-year old boy school drop out identified as Tope Mayowa,has been arraigned by the Lagos  state police operatives at the Langbasa Police Division, Ajah, on Monday, October 20, 2014 for  allegedly breaking into a company  and carting away with roofing sheets worth N500, 000.

The suspect allegedly committed the act at about 2pm after conspiring with a group and stealthily made his was into  the pharmaceutical company where a construction work was in progress at Kilometre 1, Badore Road, Ado, Ajah.

Meanwhile, some of the workers who were at the site as at the time of the incident were said to have suspected  foul play following some movements in the area which made them to eventually raise alarm which prompted the escape of Mayowa’s cohorts while he was arrested and handed to the police for further investigation.

According to Punch reports, before being detained in custody, Mayowa confessed that his plan was to take the stolen roofing sheets to some dealers and sell at a giveaway price, adding that it was his second operation. He however denied that he was a member of a gang.

He said, “I don’t live with my parents. I stay with an in-law. I thought about this operation and came for it because I needed money. I needed to take care of myself. I did not know it would turn out this way.

“My plan was to take the roofing sheets to some people who would buy them at a giveaway price. This was the second time I would be coming to the site. I am sorry for doing this, but I don’t have any gang member. I came on the premises alone.”

Confirming the incident, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, disclosed that Mayowa was arrested for stealing roofing sheets from the site and will be charged to court as soon as investigations are over.

“Yes, Mayowa was arrested for allegedly stealing roofing sheets worth N500, 000. We have concluded investigations and the suspect will be charged to court,” Nwosu said.

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