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Be Wary Of Criminals’ New Antics — Police Alerts Bank Customers

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The Ebonyi Police Command on Thursday warned members of the public, especially bank customers, to always be security conscious whenever they make bank transactions.

The command’s spokesperson, Mrs Loveth Odah, issued the warning in Abakaliki after the command uncovered a new strategy used by criminals to rob bank customers.

According to Odah, the new strategy involves trailing their victims through a female member of their syndicate, who are usually monitoring financial transactions around banks’ premises.

Odah said that such members of the syndicate usually hang outside the banks with cellophane bag containing nails that were usually planted either at the front or rear of the victims’ vehicles.

“As soon as the target comes out from the bank, enters the vehicle, he climbs the unsuspecting bag of nails that automatically punctures the tyres.

“The same people will follow you on a bike and will be showing you that your tyre is deflecting and as an unsuspecting citizen; you will stop the car, alight reluctantly to check your tyre without closing your door.

“They will reach out into the car, collect the money in your car without any stress and without shooting a gun, take it and speed off.

“The new strategy has been used to rob some bank customers by the criminals and we have arrested some of them including a woman who confessed their involvement in the crime.

“We are using this opportunity to alert the public on this latest antics of criminals and to advise bank customers to use security when withdrawing huge amount of money.

“Also car owners should always ensure that they use the car central lock while driving and whenever they alight from the car,” Odah said.

Credit: NAN

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