Seven men suspected to be behind the stealing of unregistered vehicles – sent for repairs at some fitting mechanic shops at Odorkor and its environs by their owners – have been arrested by the police.
The suspects are Eric Akoto, 31; Rockson Gyebedeh, 26 (both welders); Kofi Adofo, a 48-year-old spare parts dealer and Ofosu Yeboah, 41, vehicles dealer.
The rest are Bismarck Agyemang 45-year-old car dealer, Ekow Bonney and Nicholas Yeboah.
The eight vehicles retrieved by the police included a Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry, Saturn Vue, two Mercedes Benz Sprinter buses, a Pontiac Vibe, a Nissan Titan Pick-up and a Kia Sportage.
The vehicles were retrieved at various locations, including Bubuashie, Ofankor, Obuasi, Agona Swedru, Prestea and Cape Coast.
However, only two of the vehicles have been identified by their owners.
Suspect’s Modus Operandi
Superintendent Abraham Acquaye, the Odorkor District Police Commander, told DAILY GUIDEthat the suspects delegated suspects Rockson and Eric Akoto who pretended to be looking for employment or apprenticeship at their targeted fitting shops where unregistered vehicles were normally sent for repairs.
In the night, when all the other workers had closed and left for their houses, suspects would then steal the keys to the vehicles and bolt with them.
They then supplied the stolen vehicles to the five others – who are all vehicle dealers – to re-spray and sell them to ready buyers.
Suspects, who claimed they had been doing the underground business for the past four years, said a lot of the vehicles were sold out in Ghana.
Superintendent Acquaye said after the police had received several complaints of car theft, they hinted the informants to be on a lookout.
On March 29, 2014, police had information that suspects Rockson and Ofosu Yeboah were offering a Toyota Camry valued at GH¢35,000 for sale at Abossey Okai, an Accra suburb, at a very low price.
Police suspected the vehicle to be a stolen one and proceeded to the area to apprehend the suspects; and the vehicle was impounded.
When suspects were later interrogated, they confessed committing the crime and mentioned five others as their accomplices.
The two confessed that five of the vehicles retrieved were sent to Ofosu Yeboah alone to sell; Kofi Adofo sold two and Ekow Bonney sold only one.
Rockson and Eric Akoto then led the police to Ofankor to retrieve a Pontiac Vibe which had been sold out.
According to Superintendent Acquaye, upon his arrest Ekow Bonney also led the police to Bubuashie where the Toyota Corolla was also retrieved.
The rest of the suspects were apprehended at Pobiman, Kasoa, and New Weija with the help of the two suspects arrested earlier.
In their caution statements, Ofosu Yeboah, Kofi Adofo, Bismark Agyeman, and Ekow Bonney admitted having received stolen items from Rockson and Eric Akoto.
They then led the police to Obuasi, Agona Swedru, Prestea, and Cape Coast to recover five other vehicles.
The police commander said efforts were being made to retrieve some other vehicles the suspects had already sold out.
Ekow Bonney and Ofosu Yeboah have since been granted court bail to report later.
Superintendent Acquaye urged individuals whose vehicles had been stolen to contact the Odorkor police in Accra with documentations for identification.
By Linda Tenyah