A 62-year-old man, Lukman Babatunde, has been arraigned for allegedly stealing toothpaste, bread, soap and wine from a store in Lagos.
Babatunde who lives in Lagos was brought before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, where he pleaded not guilty to a count charge of stealing.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the 62-year-old man committed the offence at about 4.00p.m on March 16, at Trolleys Superstore, No. 2, Industrial Ave, Yaba.
According to Olaluwoye, the defendant went to the store, disguised as a customer and stole four bottles of Black Label wine valued at N31,200, a packet of Dettol soap worth N3, 000, six pieces of Sensodyne toothpaste valued at N5,100, and a loaf of bread worth N300.
The prosecutor noted the store’s Manager, Mr Taiwo Abimbola, saw Babatunde stuffing the stolen items into his jacket via a closed-circuit television camera, and informed the police.
“He got to the counter and paid for only a bowl of ice cream, attempting to make away with the stolen items in his jacket, when he was searched, the items were recovered from him,” she said.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Oluwatoyin Oghere, however granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned until June 26.