According to Punch Metro, the suspect, Kayode Oluwole, 27, allegedly disguised as a drink seller and attacked unsuspecting motorists who wanted to patronise him.
The police said whenever the gimmick failed, the suspect usually resorted to force, using a hammer to break car glasses and robbing owners of their phones and other valuables.
Luck, however, ran out on him on Saturday after he allegedly broke the side screen of a Toyota Corolla and snatched two phones and a bag containing valuables from a woman.
The task force Chairman, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, in a statement on Monday, said the suspect was apprehended by officials of the agency at Oshodi.
He said, “Immediately the suspect was arrested and every item stolen recovered, the owner was called on the telephone to pick up her bag and the two phones at the task force office. The suspect usually pretended as a drink seller.”
Egbeyemi added that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, had directed that the suspect be charged to court.
Oluwole, who hails from Abeokuta, Ogun State, reportedly confessed to the crime in his statement to the police.
“I used the hammer to break the woman’s vehicle side screen because she refused to surrender her bag and two phones when I attacked her in the traffic,” he added.
The woman, Mrs. Hadizatu Jiddah, commended the operatives for prompt action which led to the suspect’s arrest and the recovery of her valuables.
The Head, Public Affairs Unit of the task force, Taofiq Adebayo, said the state Commissioner of Police had directed the agency to embark on strict enforcement of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law 2012.
He said, “The CP warned motorists, particularly those around Pen Cinema, Agege, Dopemu, Ile-zik, Oshodi, Mile 2, Berger, Igando and Lasu-Iba Road areas, to stop driving against traffic or causing obstructions to other road users.”