Police in Lagos State have arrested a 24-year-old woman, Bamigboye Imoleayo, for allegedly stealing the Automated Teller Machine card of a clubber, identified only as Alli, and withdrawing N300,000 from the victim’s bank account.
The victim was said to have met the suspect at a club in the Surulere area f the state penultimate Friday.
Imoleayo was said to have memorised the victim’s ATM PIN while he was making an online transaction and later stole the ATM card when he slept off in the middle of a conversation.
The suspect made an initial withdrawal of N90,000 from the victim’s bank account through the ATM card, before buying phones and clothes through POS transactions, Punch reports.
The victim reported the incident to operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command who arrested the victim alongside three accomplices, including her boyfriend, Adeyinka Ayodele, with whom she allegedly spent the loot in the Itori area of Ogun State.
Alli said, “I thought I had misplaced the card, not knowing that the lady stole it.
“I was shocked on Saturday afternoon when I received alerts amounting to N90,000 withdrawals.
“While I was still contemplating how to deal with the issue, I got another debit alert for buying two Infinix phones totalling N84,000. I was confused and shocked.
“On Sunday, there was another debit. I lodged a complaint on Monday at my bank and I was told that the withdrawals and shoppings were legitimately done by me.
“I reported at the RRS office on Monday after informing my bank. By then, the withdrawals and shoppings had totalled N300,000.”
The suspect, in her statement to the police, said she stole the card when the victim slept off.
She explained that she had wanted to steal N20,000, but was tempted to take more when she saw there was a lot of money in the victim’s account.
She said, “I was desperate to restock my shop at Wasimi in Ogun State, and also take care of my only daughter.
“After I spied on his PIN during the banking transaction on his phone, I intended to withdraw only N20,000 out of his bank account and then destroy the card.
“However, when I withdrew the money and checked the account balance, I was shocked to see he had a lot of money. Afterwards, I withdrew another N70,000 that day.
“The following day, I called my boyfriend, who instructed me not to destroy the card, but that I should come to Itori, Ogun State, where he resides.
“On getting there, he called two of his friends, Abimbola Akintanna and Owolabi Bamidele, to use the card at the nearest bank.”
She added that they took the card to a shopping mall in Abeokuta, where they bought phones and clothes.
She said items purchased included two phones valued at N84,000; clothes valued at N126,000; and recharge cards, valued at N2,500.
A police source said Alli and Imoleayo had sex on the night of the incident.
He said, “It was after they slept together that the woman ran away with his ATM card. The police recovered some of the items bought with the money.”
The spokesperson for the state police command, SP Dolapo Badmos, who confirmed the incident urged members of public to always protect their PINs during banking transactions.
She disclosed that the suspects and exhibits had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for prosecution.
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