Caught by images from a security camera stealing a toilet at a BRT station, alongside another still unidentified man, last Thursday, the elderly Inácio da Silva Cordeiro, aged 71, must undergo a hearing custody, this Saturday. At that time, a judge will decide whether the retiree, who has three children and five grandchildren, will be released or not for the crime he committed. According to Inácio’s family, the elderly man has health problems, takes prescription medication, does not know how to read or write, and has the habit of accumulating things he finds on the streets and in the trash in the neighborhood where he lives, in Penha, in the North Zone of Rio. .
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According to reports from relatives, at the time the crime took place, Inácio would have received a request for help from the man to remove the vase from the Ibiapina BRT station, in Penha. Soon after images of the crime were analyzed by the Mobi-Rio Control and Monitoring Center, and by the intelligence sector of the Public Order Secretariat, the elderly man was arrested by police officers from the BRT Seguro program. The arrest occurred on the same day the robbery occurred. The toilet was stored in the property where Inácio was detained and ended up being seized by agents.
— He’s a hoarder. He likes to pick up things from the street and the trash. He keeps collecting cans, bottles, everything he finds. He puts everything away and I throw it away again soon after. I don’t know what use the vase would have. He said the other man asked him to keep it. My husband is sick and takes prescription medication. He even receives medical treatment at a family clinic. Just over a month ago he underwent hernia surgery. He is illiterate, cannot read or write and lives off a salary. We are embarrassed. He’s not like that. The whole neighborhood likes him a lot. Our family is devastated by everything that happened — said Jane Cordeiro, the elderly man’s wife.
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The toilet theft happened on Thursday morning. Images from a camera show a man wearing a cap and black shirt, at around 10:46 am, touching the door of the local bathroom. He doesn’t open the door and leaves immediately. Two minutes later, he returns accompanied by the elderly man. He opens the door and the two enter. Inácio steps back and stands outside and, seconds later, helps the man carry the vase taken from the bathroom.
The man who appears in the images stealing the toilet, next to the elderly man, has not yet been located or identified. Inácio was arrested and initially taken to the 22nd DP (Penha). From there, he ended up being transferred to the 21st DP (Bonsucesso), where he was charged with theft. According to the police, the elderly man was already responsible for the same crime, in 1985. In 2016, he was responsible for the crime of threat, but the case was closed by the courts.