Three persons believed to be behind the snatching of vehicles from their owners in the Accra metropolis have been arrested by the police.
The suspects are Kwame Fosu, a 23-year-old trader; Simon Mensah, 25 and Philip Ayisi, 23 while two others, Bismark Amofa 37 and Jones Osei believed to be the receivers of the stolen vehicles have also been arrested.
The police have so far retrieved four of the stolen vehicles, mostly taxis from the suspects. The five suspects are all being processed for court by the police having admitted to the act.
ACP Timothy Yoosa Bonga, Deputy Accra Regional Commander, briefing newsmen said on October 23, 2015, around 11:40 pm, Fosu, Mensah and Ayisi hired the services of a taxi driver (name withheld) of Toyota Echo with registration number GE 4026-15 from Accra to the Amasaman court area. On reaching their destination, the suspects in their usual modus operandi, pulled a gun and machete and ordered the driver to surrender the car.
They immediately snatched the car from the driver and headed right away to Kumasi where their receivers were on standby. They re-sprayed it and virtually turned it into a private vehicle before selling it.
Simon Mensah who was apprehended at Madina upon a tip-off by the police some few later, upon interrogation admitted to the act and mentioned his other accomplices, including the receivers.
According to the police Simon led them to Kumasi where two of the stolen cars had been re-sprayed by Amofa and Osei while awaiting a buyer.
Upon police preliminary investigations it came to light that the suspects had changed the registration numbers and the documents covering the vehicles.
Amofa and Osei in their admission to the offence revealed that after usually changing the registration numbers and re-spraying the cars, they then brought them back to Accra to sell.
The police have since charged the suspects provisionally for robbery and would be sent to court soon.