General News of Monday, 22 August 2016
Two police officers have been arrested by the Accra Regional Police Command for car snatching.
The two, according to Regional Commander ACP Timothy Bonga, were part of a car-snatching syndicate.
The two are Corporal Bismark Ntim, 32, and Lance Corporal Francis Opoku Gyau, 29, both stationed at the Accra Regional Bravo SWAT Unit.
The other suspects were Michael Adjei Donkor, 36, driver; Nana Ntim Gyakari, 28, social worker; George Eshun, 29, businessman; and Urey Harris Koufi, 32, also a businessman.
Two other suspects managed to escape arrest.
Briefing the media on the arrest on Monday, 22 August, ACP Bonga said: “Investigations revealed that after…snatching the vehicles; they quickly change the number plates and later re-spray and dispose of them.”
He added: “Seven different vehicles including Nissan Versa, Nissan Almera, Mistubishi Carisma, Hyundai Atos, Daewoo Carlos, Kia Picanto, and Mazda Demio – all bearing fake number plates – have so far been retrieved and investigations are ongoing. The suspects shall be arraigned before court. Meanwhile, the Police Regional Command wants to assure the public that we are very much alive and we will go after all the criminals and we shall arrest all of them.”
He cautioned drivers to install car tracking devices in their vehicles, and remember to remove their ignition keys from the vehicle whenever they intend to come out of their cars.
He advised: “Be attentive to suspicious phone calls and other conversations by passengers. A life lost is irreplaceable and also remember not to struggle with an attacker.”