23rd December, 2010
By Lucky Lawal
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Frank Mba, has alerted the general public about the new trick criminals use to steal from theirÂ victims.
According to Mba, hoodlums now use a look alike snake to commit crime.
He said: â€œWhat they do is to hide and target ladies or anyone walking along the road.
They would throw a toy snake to scare the passerby, whom they believe willÂ throw his or her phones or bags on the groundÂ in order to run for safety. TheyÂ will then come out of their hideout to steal the belongings before the person returns.”
Such incident, according to the Lagos PPRO , takes place at different places especially at night.
â€œWe want to notify theÂ general public about the new trick criminal use to steal. If a toy snake is thrown at you, try to be courageous enough not to loseÂ your belongings and report the matter to the police at the nearest police station,â€ Mba advised.