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17.02.2012 Crime & Punishment

5 Armed Robbers Grabbed

By Daily Guide
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THE BIBIANI-Anhwiaso Bekwai District Police command has apprehended five suspected armed robbers at Dominibo Number One on the Bibiani-Sefwi Bekwai road in the Western Region.

The suspects, who allegedly planned to embark on a robbery expedition, were arrested by the police at about 3am on Thursday when they attempted to strike.

They are Jafaru Boakye, 24, a native of Garu in the Upper East region, Ampaabeng Owusu Emmanuel, 31, from Dormaa Ahenkro; Kwaku Kyei, 25, from Agona Asamang; Kofi Oduro, 38, a native of Offinso New Town and Williams Atta, 35, a native of Ahafo Mim. 

They were all identified to be residents of Atwima Koforidua, a community in the Atwima Nwabiagya District of the Ashanti Region. 

The sixth suspect who was identified as 'Burger' escaped arrest and the police are searching for him. 

Briefing DAILY GUIDE , Bibiani District Police Commander, Francis Egya-Enor, said the suspects were apprehended by his patrol team when it spotted them preparing to strike. 

According to the police boss, nine assorted mobile phones, one locally-manufactured pistol, a toy pistol, a live cartridge and two nylon ropes, believed to be used by the suspects to tie their victims, were retrieved during a search on them.

 Also, an unregistered BMW saloon car allegedly used by the suspects in their operations was impounded by the police. 

The police command is also investigating a claim made by one of the suspects, Williams Atta, that he was a police confidant in the area. 

When DAILY GUIDE got to the Bibiani District police headquarters, scores of residents in the locality had thronged the office to catch a glimpse of the suspects who had reportedly been terrorizing them. 

Residents praised the patrol team for apprehending the suspects. 

'The commander and his officers need to be commended for their efforts,' Mr. Appiah Twum, a 54-year-old trader said.

FROM James Quansah, Kumasi

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