Gideon Saleh, 22, looked harmless and nothing in him gave him away as a suspected thief.
But, the lanky school dropout lost three teeth on Wednesday after residents of Jikwoyi, an Abuja suburb, accused him of stealing aluminium panels.
Saleh, who is a scavenger, picks disused items, including iron and aluminium materials from refuse heaps in the area.
He, however, made a detour to a house in Phase III area of the suburb on Wednesday under the guise of plying his trade when occupants of the building started shouting “thief”, thief”, thief.”
He was allegedly caught stealing newly-procured aluminium panels kept in the compound by an artisan.