Female robbers apprehended in Uyo
They were arrested while trying to escape in a tricycle, popularly referred to as Keke Marwa, after robbing a boutique located at Ekpo Obot Street, Uyo.
The duo according to reports, are the alleged leaders of the notorious female gang that has been terrorising Uyo and other parts of the State, causing chaos over the past few months. They were alleged to have been robbing shops, boutiques, supermarkets, restaurants and residents in broad daylight.
Eyewitnesses said they had stormed a boutique pretending to buy some expensive clothes, bags, wristwatches and other accessories. After they had gathered the items together, they sent the female sales attendant to go and get them some drinks from a nearby shop. When the girl stepped out, they called on their operational keke and were about to escape when the girl returned and saw them.
The attendant reportedly raised an alarm. Passersby and other tricycle operators chased them and both thieves and the trycycle driver were apprehended.
They were, however, taken to the State Police Command Headquarters at Ikot Akpan Abia, by policemen who came to the scene.
On interrogation, the two suspects confessed to their crime.
Grace and Mfon reportedly claimed that apart from the robbery in which they were caught, they had been involved in all kinds of robbery in the state for quite some time.
Grace, who claimed to be the head of the gang, said:
“When we enter any shop, we try to distract the salesperson or send him or her on an errand if we realize he or she is very young.
That will make us run away with the goods without paying for it. ”
“We steal anything we see and can get hold of and we usually pack the most expensive items.”
“We also rob women inside Keke, we pick recharge cards, bags and anything that would fetch us quick money.”