Notorious Tamale Thief Busted

Yakubu Mumuni

Yakubu Mumuni

Police in Tamale have finally grabbed a  22-year-old mason, Yakubu Abdul Mumuni, who is said to have gained notoriety of terrorizing residents in the Tamale Metropolis and robbing them of their belongings at night.

The suspect, who has been on the police wanted list for some time now, is linked to a series of burglaries and motorbike thefts in the city, but had always escaped arrest.

Luck however, eluded him over the weekend when he was arrested at his hideout at Changli, a suburb of Tamale, upon a tip off after allegedly pulling a gun at a wayside food vendor and robbing her of her proceeds for the day.

Narrating her ordeal, Nayima Alhassan 25, disclosed to the police that the suspect surfaced at her place at the peak of sales and fired indiscriminately into the air to scare her customers, and succeeded in robbing her of all the money she had.

Yakubu Abdul Mumuni  was also reported to have threatened his victim with  death if she dared report the matter to the police, and that he would wipe out all her family  members if she did.

Very alarmed over these threats, the food vendor was advised and subsequently reported the matter to the police who with the help of some residents, managed to track down the suspect to his hideout where he was nabbed.

Upon his arrest, police retrieved a fully loaded foreign made pistol, mask, dozens of mobile phones, some dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp and an undisclosed amount of money believed to be booty he forcefully collected from his victims.

Some women who showed up at the police station to complain of some burglary in their homes identified two of the mobile phones as well GH¢5,000 as theirs.

The suspect will be arraigned before court later this week before a Tamale circuit court on charges of stealing, robbery, unlawful entry, illegally possessing of firearms and narcotics.

From Stephen Zoure, Tamale  

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