3 Car Snatchers, Receivers Nabbed

The Accra Regional police have arrested three persons believed to be behind the snatching of vehicles from their owners in the Accra metropolis.

The suspects are Kwame Fosu, a 23-year-old trader; Simon Mensah, 25 and Philip Ayisi, 23.

Two others believed to be the receivers of the stolen vehicles have also been arrested. They are Bismarck Amofa, 37 and Jones Osei, 20.

Four of the stolen vehicles, mostly taxis, have since been retrieved by the police from the suspects.

The five suspects have since admitted to the act and were being prepared for court by the police.

Briefing the media, ACP Timothy Yoosa Bonga, Deputy Accra Regional Commander, 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, he said, the suspects pulled a gun and machete and ordered the driver to surrender the car.

They then snatched the car from the driver after which they drove it to their receivers based in Kumasi, who also re-sprayed it from taxi to private car before selling it.

Upon a tip-off, police managed to apprehend Simon Mensah at Madina.

Upon interrogation, he admitted to the act and mentioned his other accomplices, including the receivers.

He also led the police to Kumasi where two of the stolen cars had been re-sprayed by Amofa and Osei awaiting a buyer.

Police preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects had changed the registration numbers and the documents covering the vehicles.

Amofa and Osei also admitted to the offence and added that after changing the registration numbers and re-sprayed the cars, they then bring them back to Accra to sell.

Suspects have provisionally been charged for robbery and would be sent to court soon.

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By Linda Tenyah-Ayettey

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