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The Petty Thief Wanted by Lagos Small Businesses

A ‘corporate thief’ has been stealing from small businesses in the affluent Ikoyi/Victoria Island/ Lekki axis of Lagos State.

He dresses in a suit and wears a mask – apparently to make it difficult to identify him – before going into stores in the area, pretending to be a customer, distracting front desk officers, and picking up their phones.

That was exactly what the Twitter handle @ItunuoluwaUL accused the unidentified petty thief of doing at the Victoria Island branch of her small business.

Her tweet contained the CCTV footage of the moment the man came into the store and left with a phone.

Itunuoluwa Umar-Lawal tweeted that the case has been reported to authorities and warned other business owners to be on the lookout for the suspect.

Several business owners have also shared CCTV footage of the man stealing from them.

Another business owner @someoneisgoing says he was at her fabric store disguising as a customer who had come to buy something for his wife. @hamiltonawah claims he walked into his store in disguise of buying cufflinks but left with phones.

@iamEzeAku has accused the same man of making fake transfers.

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