Delta State Police command has arrested a 40 year-old man, simply identitied as Matthew, for allegedly stealing the underwears, bra and wrappers of the proprietor of Stop Over Hotel, Mr. Victor Odiachi and his wife.
Police sources said the suspect was apprehended on Monday at around 9:45pm when he came to the hotel in clutches.
The suspect, it was gathered, claimed to have hailed from Ogwashi-Uku town, was in Asaba for medical treatment at the Federal Medical Centre. The source said the victim had to assign a room to him on the ground floor due to his health condition.
“The proprietor got up at about 3:00am to collect his phones in the sitting room, and observed that the two phones had been switched off which prompted him to go to the flower vase, where he usually keeps his car key, only to discover that the key was not there.
He said that he and his wife entered the room, where the suspect lodged and on enquiry about the car key, he gave it to him, saying he saw it on the floor.
Odiachi noted that the attitude of the suspect made his wife to pull off the mattress on the bed but the suspect tried to prevent her, adding that it was when he shouted at him that he stopped resisting.
He said that on pulling off the mattress, they noticed a knotted wrapper containing some items and when it was loosened, to their surprise, it contained three of his pants, his wife’s bra and wrapper, as well as the gate key wrapped in a black cellophane.
Odiachi said on discovering the items, the suspect pleaded with him not to expose him and offered to give him and his wife N10, 000 to cover up the incident.
It is not clear what the suspect intended to do with our underwears and other items. We have to put a call to police control room at about 4:00am and a police team came to the Stop Over Hotel and took the suspect to Division A police station, Asaba,” Odiachi told our reporter.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovughagbogaye, did not pick calls put across to her when contacted for comments on the issue.
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