Car snatching syndicate busted

Eight people suspected to be members of a car-snatching syndicate have been arrested by the police.

Seven of the suspects were arrested in Accra and one arrested in Swedru in the Central Region.

The suspects have been identified as Kojo Baffour Manu, whose age was not given; Theophilus Opare, 25; Michael Mensah, 22; Henry Doudoo, 29, who claims to be a teacher, Emmanuel Kluttey Roberson, 24.

The rest are James Safo, 32, James Worwu, 23, and Salisu Dauda, 36.

Dauda is said to have snatched six cars, one of which was retrieved at the time of his arrest while he was said to have given out two others for use as taxis. The vehicle retrieved from Dauda at the time of his arrest bore a wrong registration number plate of GE 2789-12.

The other suspects are also said to have snatched six different cars on different occasions.

While Manu was arrested at Nsawam, Dauda (believed to be the leader of a gang of car snatchers) was arrested at Swedru in the Central Region while the rest were arrested at Caprice and Pokuase.

At a press conference in Accra yesterday, the  Deputy Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Mr Christian Tetteh Yohuno, said Manu was arrested on September 8, this year at a mechanic shop at Nsakyir near Aburi where he had gone to sell the car.

He said after his arrest, Manu led the police to arrest the other accomplices with the exception of Salisu Dauda.

He said two of the cars  – a Madza saloon car with registration number AS 7808 W and a Toyota Corolla with a trial plate, DP39414 – have so far been retrieved from the seven suspects.

Mr Yohuno said the suspects often disguised themselves as passengers to board a taxi but upon reaching a favourable location, attacked the drivers with machetes and guns  and snatched the cars from them.

He advised car owners to install tracking devices on their vehicles  to enable the police to trace the vehicles in case they got snatched.

With regard to Dauda, Mr Yohuno said the police arrested him at a hotel in Swedru where he had taken a snatched car to meet a prospective buyer.

Source: Daily Graphic

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