A suspected thief whose real identity is yet to be in the print has been killed while attempting to steal from a Church in Abia State.
The criminal according to reports, got electrocuted while trying to cart away musical gadgets and other items from one St Luke’s Anglican Church, situated at Agbarevo Street, off Omuma Road, in Eziukwu-Asa-Okpuaja in Aba South LGA.
The development, Naija News understands has been confirmed by the state police command through its spokesperson, Geoffrey Ogbonna.
The police mouthpiece revealed that the criminal is only identified by his nickname, bouncer, said doom came on him while trying to do away with the church’s electrical appliances and other equipment.
Mr Ogbonna added that the remains of the suspect had been deposited in a mortuary.
The incident, according to him happened last Saturday at midnight.
In his conversation with the police, a worker in the church who pleaded to remain anonymous said he feels bad about the suspect’s death.
He said he wished the thief repented before he died of his sin (s).
According to him, they had recorded several robbery incidents on the church premises with no one caught to account for several missing items in the past.
He said on April 30 “Bouncer’s voice was heard shouting ‘oh Jesus!’ inside the church premises about midnight on Saturday.”
He explained that after the shout, they discovered his body on Sunday morning, confirming suspicions that the suspected thief lived around the church.
He alleged that the deceased had jumped into the church through the rear fence, dismantled equipment, and was cutting wires when power was restored, leading to his electrocution.
“This church has recorded several stealing cases in recent times. The thieves have made a mess of the house of God with their stealing techniques. We have been living at the mercy of God. Nothing is safe here. Not even the roofing sheets,” the source told newsmen and security agents.
He added: “The church lost newly fixed roofing sheets worth millions of naira. We have lost too many plastic chairs and seats worth hundreds of thousands of naira.
“The last one that happened which shocked everyone was a very big goat which was used by a church member for thanksgiving. And the goat valued at about N150,000 was tied up in the church compound but was stolen the next day. I am not happy about his death. I would have loved it if he was alive to repent, but this should be a lesson to others out there.”