Tijani Alhassan and Mohammed Seidu
Two friends have been arrested by the Tamale Police for breaking into the residence of an official of one of the telecommunications companies in Ghana and making away with valuables estimated at several thousands of Ghana Cedis.
Tijani Alhassan, 18, and Mohammed Seidu, 27, were arrested at different locations within the metropolis two months after committing the crime and selling their booties to unsuspecting clients.
The suspects, currently in detention, were reported to have broken into the room of the complainant at dead of night and made away with two Toshiba, one Compaq and one HP laptops, in addition to two LG, one Sony Ericson, an S5 Samsung, one HTC and Nokia mobile phones valued at several thousands of Ghana Cedis.
It was also uncovered that the bandits made away with a cash amount of GH¢2, 000 and other valuable items.
It was unknown to the criminals that one of the stolen phones had a protection system which allows its owner to track it even if the chip in it is changed.
A few days after this particular phone was stolen, a new mobile number reportedly popped up as new user of the stolen phone but attempts to lure the suspect to a secret location in order to effect his arrest by police investigators proved futile.
Luck, however, eluded him when two of his friends were arrested for stealing a mobile phone belonging to a police officer and they gave his number to the police to call in order for him to secure bail for them.
The police on taking the number realised that it was the very number linked to a theft they had been investigating and quickly changed a strategy to get the owner arrested.
Tijani Alhassan on receipt of information about the plight of his colleagues, rushed to the police station to secure them bail only to be apprehended by the police for stealing. He allegedly tried to escape in handcuffs but was chased and brought back to the station.
He admitted committing the act and led police to arrest Mohammed Seidu who was in possessing of one of the stolen Toshiba laptops, but two of their accomplices, Burger and Mumuni, who were the main architects of the crime, managed to flee.
Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) ASP Ebenezer Tetteh disclosed that the two would be arraigned before court on four counts of conspiracy to commit crime, causing damage, unlawful entry and stealing.
He disclosed that police were seriously looking for the two others who are believed to be linked to a series of thefts within the metropolis and appealed to residents to volunteer information in that regard to the police.
From Stephen Zoure, Tamale
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