The police was informed of the burglary by a resident of the area where the incident happened.
The Ebonyi State Police Command on Monday foiled a burglary attempt on an electronics shop.
The thieves abandoned the operation on sighting the police officers from Ekumenyi Police Division, Abakaliki, the state capital.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the burglars gained access into the shop located at No 72, gunning road with a giant cutter and were loading some of the goods into their bus when the police, having been alerted by people living in the area, arrived.
The burglars immediately took to their heels.
Briefing journalists, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Sylvester Igbo, thanked the public for the timely information even as he solicited for more of such information promising the confidentiality of such informants.
“The police received information of a burglary in progress at a shop located at no. 72 gunning road and dispatched its men to the scene.
“When the burglars sited the police officers they abandoned the electronics in the bus with registration number, XA 973 EFR and took to their heels,” the police spokesperson said.
He said items recovered from the bus include a giant cutter that the burglars used in destroying the keys and protectors to the shop.
“Others items in the bus which were obviously removed from the shop belonging to one Ikemefuna Edgar include: five refrigerators, four deep freezers, five DVDs, five LG DVD home theatres, three gas cylinders, and six generators,” he said.
The police spokesperson further said that the owner of the car has been arrested and is helping the police in their investigation while a manhunt has begun for the driver of the bus and other members of the gang.
“This shows that the campaign the command has been carrying out on the need for members of the public to give us timely information is yielding dividends. If the individual who alerted us did not do so we would not have made the interception. The public should please continue co-operating with us and any information given to the police will be made adequate use of and the informants identity will be kept confidential”, Mr. Igbo, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, promised.
He also said that the police will continue to put in their best to ensure that the lives and property of the people of the state are adequately protected and secured at all times.