Security operatives from the Abia State Police Command on Saturday smashed a car-snatching syndicate in Umuahia and recovered a Toyota Sienna bus that was snatched from the owner at a popular supermarket in the state capital.

Southern City News learnt that the owner of the bus had visited the supermarket when the hoodlums swooped on him and pushed him out of the car at gunpoint.

A police source said the hoodlums opened fire when they sighted the police and in the exchange that followed, one of the thieves sustained injury and was subsequently arrested.

The source added that the robber was later certified dead at a hospital, adding that the vehicle was recovered while efforts had been intensified to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.

He said that operatives at the Isuochi Police Division had also, acting on intelligence, recovered a Peugeot 607 car with registration number, RUM 372 RB, which was allegedly hidden in a bush track along Ezima Nnato in Umunneochi Local Government Area.

The source said that the car was reportedly snatched from its owner at gunpoint at Agwu LGA of Enugu State.

Meanwhile, officers from Abayi Police Station recovered a Toyota Corolla salon car with registration number, Lagos KTU 484 BM, at Ukwu Apu along Umuocham road, Aba.

Operatives from the Central Police Station, Aba also recovered a Mercedes Benz car with registration number, Lagos BX 111 JJJ, at Faulks Road in Aba.

Also acting on a tip, the police at Obehie Police Station reportedly arrested a four-man gang, which specialised in snatching tricycles from the owners at gunpoint.

The suspects were Amaechi Chinwuba, Uchenna Orji, Ebuka Agaby and Kosisochi Agaby. They confessed to have snatched a tricycle from the owner at Afam in Oyigbo, Rivers State.

The Abia State Commissioner for Police, Mr. Adeleye Oyebade, confirmed the recovery of the vehicles and the arrest of the suspects.