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28.11.2007 General News

Rice Thieves Busted

By Daily Guide

THE AIRPORT Police are holding two suspects, Alhassan Yahya and Charles Mensah, for allegedly stealing 1,800 bags of rice running into several millions of cedis from a warehouse on the Spintex road.

The complainant, Ibrahim Mohammed, works as a transporter with CCTC, a company on the Spintex Road in Accra. Two other suspects, Jackson and Kwame are on the run.

According to Chief Inspector Braimah A. Samari of the Airport Police Station, on November 19, 2007, Mensah, a driver of an articulated truck with registration number AS7184N, gave the truck to his friend, Jackson, to convey some sheanuts from Achimota to the Tema port.

He said Jackson then replaced the registration number of the truck with GR1518 and drove off to CCTC to load 900 bags of rice to Takoradi.

Mr. Samari said after loading the truck with the rice, Yahya joined the truck, which also had the complainant on board but on their way, Mohammed identified Yahya as someone who on two occasions stole 1,800 bags of rice belonging to him.

The complainant alleged that Yahya stole 900 bags of rice from him in January and the rest in August, 2007.

Having identified Yahya, Mohammed coerced Jackson, then driving, to send Yahya to the airport police station.

On arrival at the station and upon seeing the police, Jackson and his mate, Kwame, abandoned the truck but Yahya, who was completely drunk and fast asleep, was arrested, Mr. Samari said.

He said the news of the impounding of the truck reached one Francis Kwadwo Apontia who came to identify the truck as his, and revealed that the number plate had been changed.

The 900 bags of rice were offloaded onto another vehicle and the truck impounded to help police in their investigations.

Mensah was arrested later in the course of police investigations and the two were subsequently put before an Accra Circuit Court where they were remanded into police custody to reappear on December 4, 2007.

The Airport Divisional Commander, Supt. Anderson Fosu-Ackaah, appealed to operators of warehouses to diligently check trucks that came to load goods.

He noted that some of them came under the cover of fictitious names and registrations to steal goods for their own use.

Mr. Fosu-Ackaah said the police were working hard to ensure that perpetrators of crime were brought to book.

The Commander appealed to the public to offer information on criminals for them to be weeded out of the system.

By Wisdom Peter Awuku