8 notorious robbers grabbed

The suspected robbers jpEight suspected armed robbers, two of them foreigners, have been arrested for allegedly terrorising residents of East Legon and its environs.

They are Michael McCarthy, 21, alias TT, Richmond Kojo Sarpong, 24, a driver’s mate, Bright Akamenko, 24, alias Rasta, also a driver’s mate, Sadik Mubarak, 20, a Togolese trader.

The rest are Ibrahim Alhassan Abdulai, 22, a Malian, Abugri Osman, 18, Joe Ofori, 35, and Baba Abass, alias Online, 18.

Two others, Yunac Mubarak, 24, a tailor, and Ahmed Hamidu, 24, were also arrested for receiving stolen items from the armed robbers.

The robbers are said to be based at Tema and Ashaiman, but operate in Accra.

Their modus operandi is that one of them goes from house-to houses selling or searching for domestic work but then assesses the house’s security system, and returns later with the others and break into it.

Items retrieved from them included a pump action gun, 17 cartridges, three Galaxy and a Nokia phone, knives, a pair of scissors, a laptop and a mask.

Speaking to journalists, the Greater Accra Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Christian Tetteh Yohuno said following reports of robberies and attacks at East Legon and its environs, the police intensified their operations there.

DCOP Yohuno disclosed that on December 12, 2014, at about 11 o’clock in the morning, the suspects attacked, robbed and shot a Nigerian in the chest at East Legon.

They then proceeded to attack and robbed a lecturer of the University of Ghana of 2,000 dollars, GH¢7,000, a Samsung Galaxy phone, an Airtel phone, a driver’s licence and an ATM card.

On January 5, this year, they again attacked and robbed a pharmaceutical company at Atraco and made away with GH¢27,000, three mobile phones and an ipad.

They later sold the phones to Mubarak.

DCOP Yohnuo said investigations led to the arrest of Mubarak who in turn took the police to arrest Hamidu.

Suspects would be put before court after investigations, assured the DCOP.

By Agnes Opoku Sarpong   

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