Police bust car snatching syndicate
Seven suspected persons, believed to be part of a car snatching syndicate in Accra, have been arrested by the police for snatching six cars from their victims within Accra and its surroundings. They are currently in police custody assisting the police in investigations.
The suspects, Kojo Baffour Manu,2 5, Theophilus Opare, 25, Micheal Mensah, 22, Henry Duodu, 29, and a teacher at Pokuase, Emmanuel Kluttey Robertson, 24, James Sarfo, 32, and James Worwu, 23, were arrested in a police operation mounted at Caprice, Pokuase and Nsawam respectively.
Briefing the press yesterday in Accra, the Accra Regional Deputy Police Commander, DCOP Christian Tetteh Yohuno, pointed out that the Accra Regional Police Command had a tip off that some persons, suspected to be armed robbers, had been operating in Accra, in Caprice, Pokuase and Nsawam.
According to him, on September 8, 2012, a team of police personnel from the Regional Police Headquarters arrested Kojo Baffour Manu who had received one stolen Toyota Corolla taxi cab at Nsakyir near Adoagyiri, and had parked it at a fitting shop, looking for a buyer.
The suspect (Kojo Baffour Manu) mentioned Theophilus Opare, Michael Mensah, Henry Doudoo, Emmanuel Kluttey Robertson, James Sarfo and James Worwu as his accomplices.
Suspect James Sarfo, according to the police, receives the car immediately it has been stolen, and quickly sends it out of Accra to look for a buyer. The suspect has currently sent one car to Ashanti Mampong.
DCOP Yohuno noted: “Their modus of operation was that they go to taxi ranks within Accra and ask for ‘dropping’. When they reach a location favourable for them, they attack the drivers with cutlasses and guns, and snatch the cars from them. Police has identified Pokuase as their place of abode.”
Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed having snatched six cars, including a Mazda private car with registration number AS-7808-W, two Toyota Corollas, one with a trial number DP-39414, two Astra B class and two Kia Rio.
The Deputy Police Commander further advised landlord, landladies, and tenants to be vigilant and alert the police whenever they find suspicious characters, especially young men who always change different types of cars, in their neighbourhood.
“We also advise car owners to fix car tracking devices in their cars. It is important for [the] general public to be security conscious at all times, and report any suspicious characters to the police,” he noted.
He also informed the public about the police emergency telephone numbers which are still active – (030-773906, 0302-773695 and MTN 18555).
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