A car-tracking device has led to the arrest of three ex-convicts who were allegedly engaged in armed robbery at New Bortianor in Accra.
They are Jerry Danquah, 25, driver, David Asare, 26, shoe seller, and Isaac Donkor, 27, basket weaver.
An accomplice, identified as Dauda, who is the leader of the gang, is on the run.
The Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Christian Tetteh Yohuno, who disclosed this at a news conference yesterday in Accra, said on October 4, at about 2.15 a.m., the suspects, armed with a pump action gun, broke into a house at New Bortianor.
He said the four attacked the victim, subjected him to beatings and tied him with his flying tie, and made away with items such as one HP laptop computer, one Ipad phone, one samsung phone, jewellery sets and GH¢600.
DCOP Yohuno said they collected the victim’s ignition key to his Toyota Hilux Pickup parked on the compound, and drove it away together with their booty.
He said with the help of a car tracking device, the police intercepted the vehicle at Chopoli barrier along Sogakope road heading towards Togo.
DCOP Yohuno said investigations revealed that, Dauda offered his taxi cab with registration number GE 8860-11 for the operation, but failed to accompany them to Sogakope for the sale of the vehicle and the stolen items.
He said the four men in a similar operation on September 19, 2015, at about 1:30 a.m., attacked an accountant at his resident at Atta Moses Down, a suburb of Weija.
“They gained access to the apartment through the kitchen door, requested for the key to the V8 4 x 4 vehicle at knife point and bolted with it.
He said luck, however, eluded them as they got involved in an accident at Denu in the Volta Region.
DCOP Yohuno said the suspects were put before court and fined an amount of GH¢700 or in default, serve four months imprisonment in hard labour.
“They quickly paid the fine to enable them take the vehicle away but the police demanded for the documents covering it before releasing it to them. They could not produce the documents, and failed to return to the police until they were arrested in Accra.” he said.
DCOP Yohuno said Police investigations led to the retrieval of all the stolen items and the GH¢600.
By Anita Nyarko