Two women alleged to be notorious robbers alleged to specialize in entering people’s shops, boutiques, restaurants, etc pretending to buy something but end up robbing them in Uyo, have been arrested by the police.
The suspects, Grace Ekpo and Mfon Daniel from Itiam Ikot Ebia, Uyo LGA, were arrested last Thursday after they stole from a boutique and were making their escape in a Keke.
The owner of the store raised the alarm and passersby pursued the women and caught them.
Explaining to people what happened, the boutique owner said.
“The two girls enter my shop on a pretence to buy from me but after picking all the costly female hand bags, shoes, men gens, hand watches and cloths worth forty-five thousand naira; instead of them to pay for what they have bought, they sent me to go and buy them drinks. So, I went to buy drinks for them at the nearby shop.
As I returned, I met them making calls, and immediately their operational Keke man who was on a standby to pick them came and the went inside the Keke with all my cloths without paying. So, I tell them to give me my cloths, they refused. So, I started shouting, help! Thief! Thief! But the Keke man had already moved. As God would like it, luck ran out on them, the people around and people using car pursued them and caught them”
Confessing to the crime, the women alllegedly said.
“When we entered people shop, anything you sell we will pack the most costly ones; after which we will asked you to get us water or send you on an errand, that will make us run away with the goods without paying for it.
We rob women in Keke, we pick recharge card bags and anything that would fetch us quick money.’
The women confessed to stealing clothes from other boutiques on the street and terrorizing pedestrians and residents of Uyo.
They were almost lynched if not for the timely intervention of the police. The women are currently at the station at Barracks Road Division, Akwa Ibom State.