A 14-year-old child labourer has been arrested for stealing a total of GH¢1,655 from the mission houses of two churches at Dadeso, in the Fanteakwa District of the Eastern Region.
The basic school dropout (name withheld) now working as a child labourer for fishermen on the Volta Lake, was said to have stolen GH¢455 from the local Apostolic Church of Ghana Mission House in early December.
At another time in the month, he again stole GH¢600 from the same house.
He also broke into the mission house of the Church of Pentecost and stole GH¢600, only to return again on Sunday, December 20, 2015, for another operation, but was arrested.
The wife of the pastor of Church of Pentecost, determined to find out who had been breaking into the mission houses on Sundays when everybody had gone to church, decided to stay at home on the eventful Sunday, and hid in one of the rooms of the house.
Soon after, the boy-thief, unaware that a trap had been laid for him, scaled the wall into the house and managed to open the door of a room, but as he was about to enter it, the vigilant pastor’s wife raised the alarm. The boy took to his heels but was arrested after a hot chase by members of the community.
Pastor Eugene Tettey Doudu of the Church of Pentecost, confirmed the story to the GNA and said the boy had been handed over to the Assembly Member for the Dedesawirako Electoral Area, Mr. Daniel Aklasu, because there is no police station in the area.
When contacted, the boy’s mother, Madam Kietey Korkor, told the GNA that the father, a Fulani, had abandoned them and the boy had to drop out of school to fend for himself and cater for the rest of the family.
She said the boy had come home on a number of occasions with huge sums of money which he claimed to have earned from his work.