The Eastern regional Police Command has arrested six (6) suspected armed robbers terrorizing residents in the New Juaben Municipality.
The suspects are; Emmanuel Amoah (23), Twumasi Samuel (30), Kwasi Sokpo, 25.
The rest are Daniel Bekoe, (29), computer technician, Divine Modzaka, (27), a phone repairer and Edward Nketia, (20).
One of the suspects Richard Obeng alias Music Man, a taxi driver, is however on the run and has been declared wanted.
Items retrieved from them include eight laptops, mobile phones, mask, metal big crow bar, harmer, and two Bibles.
Briefing the media at the Eastern regional Police Headquarters on Monday, the Deputy Eastern regional Police Commander, ACP Nuhu Jango said that the New Juaben Municipality has recorded a number of residential robberies for the past four weeks; intensifying surveillance and intelligence gathering, leading to the arrest of the eight.
He said the police identified ‘Evelyn Spot ‘ a pub in the area as a hideout for the suspects.
According to ACP Jango, on February 2, 2017, at midnight, the regional Police Patrol team led by ASP George Mills raided the spot where eight (8) young men were seen smoking marijuana. Three of the suspects Emmanuel Amoah, Twumasi Samuel and Kwasi Sokpo were arrested while the others escaped.
He said on the same day ,the Effiduase District Police Command received information that a house located at Asokorekuma had been attacked by three armed men who managed to abscond with four HP laptops , a Motorola mobile phone ,one CCIT mobile phone, a Motorola S mobile phone, a Sumsung Phone , a Multi -TV decorder, LG Plasma television with a total worth of GHc6,800 and a cash of GHc500 .
He said based on Police intelligence, suspect Daniel Bekoe ,a computer repairer was arrested at Pentuawala , suburb of Koforidua retrieving two(2) HP Laptops which were part of the stolen items when a search was conducted at his shop (U-NET) .
The Deputy Regional Police Commander said, upon interrogation, Bekoe named Devine Modzaka as the suspect who brought the HP laptops for decoding as a result of the passwords on them hence Modzaka was quickly arrested and he also mentioned suspect Richard Obeng now at large, as the one who brought the times to him.
ASP Jango said suspect Richard Obeng is a taxi driver of Opel Astra Caravan with registration number GT4869-V. He abandoned his Car when the police closed on him but later sent Edward Nketia to drive his vehicle to him at his hideout, however ,Edward was arrested by Police officers who have laid surveillance around the abandoned taxi cab.
The Police thus confiscated the taxi and retrieved three black masks concealed in a letter box. Further search in the room of suspect Obeng at water Works area led to further retrieval of a metal crow bar and a hammer believed to be the equipment used for the operations.
Residents of Koforidua who have been victims of robbery and burglary are expected to report at the regional police headquarters to identify the suspects .