Peter Ogunsakin, a Nigerian has been arrested in Shoreditch, East London, United Kingdom, after he was caught with 17 mobile phones he stole from clubgoers in five nightclubs in one night.
The phones were said to be worth £15,000.
Ogunsakin was reportedly caught with a total of 22 mobile phones when officers pulled over his blue Ford Focus on April 6, 2019, according to Mirror.
The 45-year-old was searched because he had failed to stop, and the officers found among the phones one with a brightly-coloured case, which has a woman’s name on it.
The suspect claimed that he had bought two of the phones for cash on the street from a man he did not know, saying he did not get a receipt.
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However, he was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of stolen goods.
Officers then searched his car and found 18 more phones stashed in front, underneath a loose fitting mat, and another on the backseat.
The police realised that one of the phones had been stolen from a woman in a Shoreditch nightclub hours earlier.
Ogunsakin told officers that he had gone to a club in nearby Aldgate at around 2.00am that Saturday morning.
He said he could not get into the club, as it was too busy, so he remained outside talking to people he knew for about 30 minutes.
According to him, he then drove to London Bridge, and went into a kebab shop to meet a friend of a friend, whose name he did not know.
The Nigerian claimed he was shown a number of phones, and agreed to buy two, one of which was stolen from the victim in Shoreditch, and they agreed a price of £40.
Ogunsakin said the unknown friend, while carrying the bag found in his car, sat to eat with him.
He told the police that the friend then left and he drove away, before being stopped by the police.
He said he did not know the phones in the passenger footwell were there.
However, police inquiries proved that he was lying.
Officers traced all the 17 victims who had their phones stolen at the five nightclubs and bars in the Shoreditch area, and returned their phones to them.