Police Apprehend Car Wash Attendant Who Absconded With Client’s Car

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

POLICE operatives of the Delta Police Command last week apprehended a car wash attendant who absconded with a client’s car at Mariam Babangida Road, Asaba.

The operatives arrested the owner of the car, a Benz GLK 350 reported the stolen car to the GRA Police Station.


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As it was contained in a statement issued by Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, the 22-year-old suspect was identified as Emmanuel Chidera.

The suspect confessed in police custody that he took the car to Benin City, Edo State where he intended to sell the car before he was arrested according to the statement.

“The DPO GRA division received a distress call that on 30/5/2023, a man took his Benz GLK 350 to a car wash situated along Mariam Babangida way for washing but when he returned, he was told that one of the attendants had stolen the car and escaped to an unknown destination.

“On receipt of this complaint, the DPO GRA CSP Spencer Tyozua detailed detectives to embark on an intelligence-led investigation which paid off as the suspect named Emmanuel Chidera ‘m’ aged 22yrs was arrested on 14/6/2023 around the magistrate court area in Asaba.

“During interrogation, the suspect confessed that he had taken the car to Benin City in Edo state where he intend to sell the car. The vehicle has been recovered, and effort to arrest his accomplices is ongoing,” the statement read in part.

In another development, the DPO of Ughelli Division on Thursday led operatives to arrest two suspects, Phillip Ekugbe and Onome Erikefe ‘m’ who specialized in snatching vehicles, disassembling them and selling the parts in Ughelli.

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The cars stolen by the suspects were a Toyota Corolla with reg. no. AJ 638 EFR, Toyota Carina with reg. no. WW 748 SL, Toyota Corolla with reg. no. DU 60 LSR, Toyota Corolla with reg. no. WWR 799 AE, Toyota Corolla with reg. no. KSF 758 DC and one unregistered Nissan Car.

Upon their arrest, 74 vehicle tyres, 16 vehicle engines, eight gearboxes, 15 motor batteries, two motorcycle engines and seven stolen vehicles were recovered.

It was stated at the end of the statement that the Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abass who was pleased with the effort shown by DPOS and Area commanders of the Command, encouraged them to sustain the tempo while appealing to Deltans to trust the police and help with useful information at all times.

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