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19.03.2009 Crime & Punishment

Robbery gang busted

By Daily Guide

THE SUNYANI Municipal Police Command has arrested three young men suspected to be part of a burglary gang, operating in the municipality.  

Francis Yeboah, 22, a resident of Abesim, near Sunyani, Awudu Iddrisu, 28, a provisions store keeper and Yusif Sulemana 35, aka Charles Taylor, also a trader, were arrested by the police on Monday for allegedly breaking into a shop at New Dormaa, a suburb of Sunyani and making away with valuable items worth more than GH¢2,800.   

According to Superintendent Charles Botwe, the Municipal Police Commander, the suspects were being processed for court today.   

He said at about 4.00am last Saturday, Yeboah who claimed to be a mason by profession, broke into the shop belonging to Eric Addo Darkwa and stole virtually everything in it.   

Mr. Botwe said Yeboah attempted to sell some of the stolen items to Awudu through the assistance of Charles Taylor, both of whom operate as traders at the One Lane in Sunyani.   

According to the police, the victim chanced on Yeboah possessing some of the missing items where he quickly caused his arrest which subsequently led to the arrest of the other two accomplices.  

Yeboah, the police noted, initially denied knowledge of the act, but their intelligence network established his involvement.   

The police further hinted that they are pursuing other accomplices who they believe might have been involved in the crime.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Police Command has cautioned residents, especially shop owners to employ private security men at their stores since they have uncovered a syndicate in town that breaks into shops.   

According to the police, they have however been on the alert as BNI and CID officers are on regular patrol in an attempt to cause their arrest.

From Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani