By Dora Akyaa Asare
Three suspected car thieves are in the grips of the Accra Regional Police Command for allegedly stealing a Toyota Camry belonging to an Indian national.
The suspects, Masawudu Mohammed, 25, a driver, Evans Chucks, a Nigerian national, 26, and Ransford Yaw Owusu, 25, were arrested on May 9, 2012 at the Odorkor Post Office, in an Accra suburb, when they were about to sell a car which they stole from the owner. They are currently in police custody.
Briefing the media yesterday in Accra, the Accra Regional Police Commander, DCOP Patrick Timbilla, said on May 9, 2012, at about 2:00 p.m., the Odorkor District Police Command had a tip-off that the three suspects, Masawudu, Mohamed, Evans Chucks and Ransford Yaw Owusu, had stolen a Toyota Camry with registration number GE1122-11, and had sent it to the Odorkor Post Office for sale.
According to him, based on the information the police had, the suspects were immediately arrested at the scene.
He further noted that during interrogation suspect Masawudu Mohammed, who drives the said vehicle, confessed that he stole the car from his master, Junaid Mohammed, and decided to sell it to get money to travel to South Africa.
DCOP Timbilla said on May 10 2012, at about 6:00 a.m., suspect Masawudu Mohammed led the police to Airport West, where the owner of the vehicle was located.
DCOP Timbilla cautioned the general public, especially car owners, to be very careful about the drivers they employ, and urged them to put measures in place to prevent them from having any opportunity to steal their vehicles.
'The police are very thankful to the informant that provided the information to the police, leading to the successful arrest of the suspects and recovery of the stolen vehicle.'
He noted further noted: 'The general public is entreated not to hesitate to support the police operations by providing the necessary information to clamp down on criminals and busting their hideouts. Be reminded that the Police Award Scheme is still in force, and informants will be rewarded, whenever they support the police with relevant and timely information in their efforts to ensure peace and security for all law-abiding citizens and residents to go about their lawful activities without fear or intimidation,' he added.