The Abia State Police Command says it has smashed a car-snatching syndicate which has been terrorising Aba residents.
Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Leye Oyebade who disclosed this in Umuahia, identified the leader of the syndicate as one Victor Ebeorgu, a student of Caritas University, Enugu.
He said that the suspect, a resident of 56 Ebema Street Aba, was picked up at a popular hotel in Aba which he was using as his hideout.
The CP said a Mercedes Benz car marked UMA 134 HR was recovered from the suspect which he allegedly stole from where it was parked.
His arrest, according to the police boss, led to the recovery of another Mercedes Benz car marked AE 926 AMB which he allegedly hid in another hotel in Aba.
The suspect was paraded along side his accomplice, a blacksmith who allegedly molded ‘master key’ for him with which he used to unlock the vehicles.
Later in an interview, the suspect who confessed to the crime said he had so far stollen and sold off about four cars.
He said he sold them for N100,000; and N80,000 respectively to a buyer in Bayelsa State, adding that he was using the proceed to train himself in school.
The blacksmith, who said he hails from Nnewi in Anambra State, said he was moulding ‘ master key’ for N100, denying that his clients were using it for ulterior motives.
He, however, expressed remorse for his actions, saying he had been in the business which he inherited from his father for five years.
The police said they had also recovered an Aba-based business man, Ikechukwu Duru who was kidnapped on October 14 around Umuikaa Junction of Enugu- Port Harcourt Expressway.
Police said the victim was rescued unhurt and his Toyota car also rescued.
The police further said they recovered some guns and ammunition hidden in a coco yam plantation.