The police have smashed a three-member armed robbery gang who have been allegedly using taxis to rob unsuspecting passengers in some parts of the Kumasi metropolis.
The robbers, described by the police as very dangerous, were arrested following a recent robbery of some passengers, including a police woman, of their mobile telephones and other valuables.
Led by an ex-convict, Akwesi Frimpong, also known as Alhassan, who owned the taxi, the gang were said to have been doing the business for the past seven months, and had robbed lots of people at gun point, especially residents of Brofoyedur and Kokoben, both in Kumasi.
The arrest of Frimpong, 33, on November 28, this year, marked exactly seven months after his release from the Kumasi Central Prisons for using a taxi to rob passengers, especially women.
His accomplices were Isaac Boateng, also known as Okey and Frank Osei (Obese), both 25 years old.
Briefing news men here yesterday, Ashanti Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kofi Boakye, said Frimpong, after his release from the prison bought a taxi purposely for robbery.
He said on November 28, this year, at about 9.00 a.m. the Suntreso police, during their usual rounds had information that some three young men noted for using a taxi for picking and robbing unsuspecting passengers had picked some passengers and were heading towards the Ahodwo roundabout.
Upon receiving the information, the patrol team chased the taxi and signaled the driver to stop but he refused and rather increased the acceleration.
This, DCOP Boakye said, this aroused the suspicion of the patrol team which pursued the taxi, but the driver stopped suddenly, and together with his accomplices, took to their heels, leaving the passengers in it.
DCOP Boakye said the police managed to arrest all the three suspects and a search revealed a Samsung mobile phone valued at GH¢500.00 in the pocket of Frimpong.
One of the passengers later detected that the mobile phone found on Frimpong was taken from her bag.
According to the Regional Police Commander, all the suspects confessed being in the pick-and-rob business for some time now, and women were their target.
He said they further admitted that they picked their victims from obscure places, and usually forced them out of the taxi at obscure places, after succeeding in robbing them.
DCOP Boakye used the platform to urge the public to be on the lookout for suspicious faces any time they picked a taxi.
From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi