By Ernest Best Anane, Kumasi
The Ashanti Regional Police Command has made a series of arrests on some major roads and areas in the Ashanti Region.
DCOP Fred Adu Anim stated at a press briefing that the Command had recorded a series of residential robbery cases from Apire, Santasi Humang and the surrounding area in a couple of weeks.
Detailing some of the arrests, DCOP Anim said his outfit, through intelligence and swiftness, managed to arrest two suspected robbers, namely, Sampson Amoako Addai alias Kwame Odamea, a 23-year-old unemployed, and Atakora Amaniampong, a 25-year-old shoemaker, who are currently in custody assisting in investigations.
He also revealed that the police made another arrest at Kuntebase.
He said the police arrested three suspects namely, Yaw Owusu, Henry Sarpong, and Kwame Amponsah in a robbery incident that took place on May 8 at the road intersection between Onwi and Kuntebase, leading to the death of the driver of the Pregio bus, which was conveying fourteen passengers from Ashanti Bekwai to Atonsu.
He said that apart from these arrests, two suspects, namely Kwadwo alias Papa, and Emmanuel are currently on the run and the police won’t rest until they have been arrested.
He explained that on May 2nd 2019, the two, in one of their robbery expeditions, robbed a boutique near a Police Training School at Patasi, and attacked the owner of the boutique and two sales representatives, robbing them GH¢3,750, mobile phones, and men’s wear displayed in the boutique for sale.
Describing the modus operandi of the suspected criminals, DCOP Anim indicated that most of them go to their victims wearing hoods and attack them at gunpoint.
He said their investigations revealed that with the house-to-house robberies, the suspects usually cut the bugler proof on the windows of their victims to gain access to their rooms, tie their victims with clothes, and rob them of their possessions, including huge sums of money, mobile phones and wedding rings.
He, therefore, advised the residents to be cautious, vigilant and report any bizarre scenes in their neighbourhood to the police as soon as possible.
With night drivers, the DCOP advised them to extra careful who they pick in the middle of the road, since some of them are robbers.