Telecom Battery Thief Grabbed

A member of a telecommunications back-up batteries stealing syndicate, has been arrested in Accra with 120 batteries. Each battery is worth 100,000 dollars in Accra.

Eric Kwame Addo, alias Joe Swimmer, 30, a driver, together with his accomplices (at large) were said to have stolen back-up batteries belonging to MTN, Airtel and other telecommunications companies.

Briefing The Ghanaian Times, the Madina Divisional Crime Officer, Superindentent Amos Yelisong, said on August 10 at about 7:20pm police had information that a Kia truck with registration number GS 7976-13 was loaded with 72 back-up batteries stolen from West Legon.

Supt. Yelisong said the police kept surveillance and monitored the case, during which the suspect was arrested at Accra New Town driving a KIA truck loaded with some of the back-up batteries together with his accomplices who escaped later.

He said during interrogation, Addo admitted the offence of conspiracy and stealing, and told the police that about three weeks ago, they were at Gbawe and made away with 48 back-up batteries, adding that further investigation revealed that the suspects undertook similar operations at Kpetoe in the Volta Region and also in the Western Region.

Supt. Yelisong said a search on them revealed a bunch of keys suspected to be those used by the suspect in unlocking the masts. Also found on him were screws and a mobile phone.

By Agnes Opoku Sarpong  

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