Samson, a bricklayer, had stolen two mobile phones from his victims after breaking into their homes at Etete in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.
After the successful operation, he called a number belonging to the daughter of one of his victim and invited her to spend the night at his apartment, the Nation reports.
Samson was nabbed after the girl, who had played along, revealed his whereabouts. Speaking to newsmen after his arrest, Samson said he took to crime to raise money to carry out the burial ceremony of his late father.
According to him:
“I stole handsets at Etete, through the window around 11pm. I removed the handset through the window of the house by tearing the net. This is my first time.”
“I saw her (victim’s daughter) number on the phone I stole. I called the girl and told her that I love her. She came and spent the night with me and went back to school.