A SUSPECTED burglar, Idowu Kolawole who broke into the home of The Nation Newspapers correspondent in Ekiti State, Mr. Odunayo Ogunmola, last Thursday, has been arrested by the police. The police last Saturday arrested the burglar, two days after the incident happened in the house near Deeper Life Campground, Ajebamidele, Ado Ekiti. Valuables stolen during the burglary included a 32-inch Samsung plasma television set, a HP laptop, a C1 Nokia mobile phone, phone chargers and soft drinks. Information gathered revealed that the suspect, who committed the act when many residents of the area had left for their various places of work and summer lessons, scaled the fence and cut the burglary proof of the kitchen window to gain entry into the
house. Residents of the house discover that the building had been burgled when they came back home at about 4:30pm. The burglary incident was immediately reported at the Ologede Police Station, along Ikere Road in Ado Ekiti. Acting on a tip-off, policemen from Ologede Police Station on Saturday morning arrested Kolawole at his hideout in Kajola area of Ikere Ekiti at about 11.20am, and the laptop and the phone were recovered immediately at the point of arrest. Some residents of Ikere described the suspect as the mastermind of many incidents of robbery, burglary and other criminal activities in the town and nearby Ado-Ekiti, the state capital. Kolawole admitted committing the crime and is presently helping his interrogators with more facts on the incident and others he had allegedly committed in the past. Immediately after being arrested, the suspect admitted breaking into Ogunmola’s house at about 10am and stealing the items. He claimed that he performed the burglary alone and never brought any accomplice along. When quizzed further by the policemen, the suspect revealed that he hid the plasma TV inside the bush behind an uncompleted building at Road 4 in Ajebamidele, where he later led the policemen to and the TV was recovered. The suspect was brought to the scene of the crime where he explained how he used a big saw to cut the burglary proof of the kitchen window to gain access to the house. Kolawole later led the policemen to his rented one- room apartment in Moferere area of Ado-Ekiti where Ogunmola’s laptop bag, the saw he used to carry out the burglary and other suspected stolen items were recovered. Residents of the area commended the officers and men of Ologede Police Station for arresting the suspect within two days of committing the crime, a feat they described as a “miracle.” According to them, many cases of burglary, theft of domestic animals and car batteries had been reported to the police recently, believing that the arrest of the suspected burglar would lead to the arrest of more criminals operating in the neighbourhood. Police spokesman, Alberto Adeyemi urged the people of the state to always volunteer information that could lead to arrest of criminals operating in their neighbourhood. Adeyemi explained that the police in the state was highly motivated to deal with crime but noted that the cooperation of the citizenry was necessary to keep criminals at bay.

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