The Surveillance Unit of the criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department of the Imo State Police Command has arrested two out of a three-man armed robbery suspects in Owerri.
The robbers were arrested after they had allegedly robbed a victim, but the money was recovered from them intact.
The syndicate allegedly specialised in robbing bank customers, while they also reportedly use master keys to unlock people’s cars.
The arrest, an eyewitness said, happened on Wednesday at Ikenegbu Layout after the victim had withdrawn money from a bank.
The state commissioner of police, Chris Ezike, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent, said the N450,000 belonging to the victim was recovered from the suspects.
Ezike, who gave the names of the armed robbery suspects as Isaac Onwuguzo (45) from Umuoma-Ndegwu, Irette in the Owerri West Local Government Area; and Anyahie Ehirim (36), a native of Umuaka in the Njaba LGA of the state, said a Toyota Camry car with registration number EPE 44 ET was also recovered from them.
The CP said, “The Surveillance Team, while on patrol along Okigwe road, got a tip off that a man who withdrew N500,000 from a bank was trailed from the bank to Jevnik Junction, Ikenegbu, where he had made a brief stop.
“While the car was parked, the suspects used the master key to open it, removed the money and drove off in an ash colur Camry car.
“Our men gave them a hot chase and in the process of escaping, the robbers had an accident with another vehicle and our men rounded them up immediately.
“A master key, cash of N450,000 and the car the suspects used for the robbery were recovered.”
Ezike said the suspects would be charged to the court at the end of investigation.