The suspect, identified as Victor, who scaled a fence into the compound, thought all the occupants of the house had gone to work until he was caught unawares by a neighbour.
While being beaten, he confessed that it was his third attack on the house.
Security men on the street put a tyre on him and were about to douse him with petrol before setting him alight when residents of the area intervened to save his life.
A resident of the street told Punch that the suspect said that he was sent to jail for robbery and had only been released recently.
“He told us that before he went to jail, he had robbed the same compound two times. When he got out of jail, he came back again to rob the compound,” he said.
The residents later handed him over to the Ajao Estate Police Command, where he is currently still being detained. The guy could just be going back to prison, where he just came back from.