Three suspected car snatchers have been arrested in Anambra state with over 150 handsets, the police said on Thursday.
The state police command said the suspects operated in the state and Delta State for some time now.
A statement by the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, said over 150 phones reasonably suspected to have been stolen from different victims were recovered from the suspects.
Mohammed said the suspects were nabbed by the Operation Puff Adder operatives in conjunction with police detectives attached to the Aguata Division of the command following credible intelligence report.
He gave the names of the suspects as Anyingor Arinze of Otueke, Asaba, Delta State; Chinedu Nweke of the Mbekwe Estate, Ogidi in the Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State; and Ebuka Eziamaka of Ire village, Obosi, also in the Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
The PPRO said the suspects were members of the gang allegedly involved in a series of armed robbery and carjacking in Anambra and Delta states.
He said among the vehicles they stole recently were one Toyota Corolla 2004 model and a Lexus 300 car in Aguata, Anambra State.
Mohammed stated, “Exhibits recovered from their possession include one Gionee handset belonging to one of the victims whose vehicle was snatched.
“Other exhibits recovered are 12 Itel phones of different models, 26 Infinix phones of different models, 32 Tecno phones of different models, 16 Samsung phones of different models, three Gionee phones of different models and 60 other smaller phones of different make and models, all reasonably suspected to have been snatched from different victims.”
He added that the case was under investigation after which the suspects would be prosecuted.
The PPRO added: “The command has enjoined members of the public, whose handsets were either snatched or stolen through similar modes, to report at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad office in Awkuzu with proof of ownership in order to claim their phones and also give further evidence to aid police investigation.”