Tema Police arrests 13 suspects for theft, cyber fraud

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The Tema Regional Police have arrested 13 suspects in a recent operation within the metropolis.

Among the suspects are two robbers who are members of a syndicate that trail people who withdraw money from banks within the Metropolis.

These suspected criminals trail their targets to their destinations where they break into their vehicles and make away with their monies and valuables.

Addressing the media in Tema on Monday, the Tema Regional Police Commander, DCOP Akrofi Ayirifa Edward Johnson, noted that “on 26th of last month at about 11:00am, Police received a complaint of stealing from a victim who had withdrawn cash, an amount of fourteen thousand Ghana cedis from a bank at Community One and kept same in his vehicle and drove to Francophone phone shop near the Ghana Water Company at Community One where he parked to make some enquires. He shortly returned to his vehicle only to detect that the driver’s side door had been opened and the money stolen.”

“Police proceeded to the scene and preliminary investigation from a close Circuit Television (CCTV) camera captured one of the suspects with the money, who was later whisked away in a private silver coloured Toyota Corolla (registration number) withheld. Police mounted surveillance on the said car and its occupants.”

“On 2nd of this month at about 11:00 hours, the said vehicle was spotted by Police at the Meridian Cluster of banks with the two suspects as occupants. The suspects namely Frank Inyang Thomas, 40 years, and Segun Mustapha 36 years both Nigerians were arrested.”

The commander continued that “a search conducted on the vehicle revealed many clothes and footwear and eight talismans.”

He said upon interrogation, the suspects told the Police that they usually trail unsuspecting victims from the bank when they move in to open the car door and steal their monies.

“The two suspects led Police to their place of abode at Abokobi No.2 in Sakumono, where further investigation led to the arrest of 11 other suspects, all Nigerians living in the same house who are seemingly engaged in cyber fraud activities”.

The eleven suspects are, Julius 27 years, Embrose Palmer 26 years, Dannis Ogogo 28 years, Omashomere 24 years, Isreal Efe 28 years, Stanley Adde 32 years, Solomon Ipumah Henry Edijala 28 years, Chindu Iyere 21 years, Frederick Okiemete 24 years, Abanum Lesley 27 years and Omoriode Etowhos.

“They told Police they operate in Tema and Accra.”

Items retrieved from them included nine laptops, eight different mobile phones and cash an amount of two thousand Ghana cedis.

DCOP Akrofi said, “the two suspects in the stealing case would be arraigned before Court after investigation, while the cyber fraudsters will be sent to CID Headquarters for further investigation.”

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