An angry mob has set a suspected phone thief and Point-of Sale terminal robber on fire in Ughelli, Delta State.
Niger Delta Herald gathered that the suspect was caught by vigilantes after dispossessing his victim.
It was learnt that the suspect was shot by the vigilantes before he was set ablaze along Ughelli Road by Glass House on Sunday, June 27.
According to reports, the suspect had snatched a phone and money from a POS terminal operator and tried to flee on a motorcycle before he was caught.
In a related development, a suspect, who reportedly specialised in snatching mobile handsets, was nabbed on Tuesday, June 29, after dispossessing his victims of valuables at a building housing Kabaka Printing Press in the Ekiugbo area of the metropolis.
Witnesses said the suspect sneaked into one of his victims’ make-up store around 9.15am with a toy gun.
The source said the owner of the store, who was vigilant enough to discover that the gun the suspected armed robber was carrying was a toy gun, grabbed him and screamed for help.
The source said, “We heard an unusual noise from one of the stores upstairs and we rushed to see what was happening, only to meet a man with a pistol rushing down.
“We heard the owner of the make-up store shouting ‘Ole! ole! ole!’ People started chasing the suspect, as he ran into St. Theresa’s Grammar School premises.
“He met his match when Ekiugbo vigilantes, who were on hand during the pandemonium, accosted and engaged him.”
The acting Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State, DSP Bright Edafe, could not be reached for comment as of the time of filing this report.