The Cross River State Police have arrested a member of a syndicate that specializes in car snatching within and outside the Calabar metropolis. A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. John Umoh, on Tuesday said two vehicles that were stolen by the syndicate had been recovered.
He said the breakthrough was sequel to a complaint lodged by a taxi driver, Mr. Daniel Okon, at the Federal Housing Police Station after his Volkswagen Vento car with number plate Cross River, XB 407, CAL, was stolen at gunpoint on Saturday.The statement read, “About 11.10am on Saturday, one Daniel Okon, a taxi driver reported at the Federal Housing Police Station that four men hired him. On getting to a street, one of them brought out a locally made pistol and ordered him out of the vehicle and they drove off.”
Mr. Umoh noted that the taxi driver raised the alarm which attracted the police patrol team in the area. According to him, the Police responded and chased the robbers, which resulted in the arrest of one of the robbers, recovery of the Vento car and the recovery of a locally made revolver pistol. A Mazda which was the operation vehicle of the gang with registration number Lagos EE 658 FST that was also suspected to have been stolen was recovered,
Umoh attributed the success to the zero tolerance anti-crime policy of the new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kola Sodipo.