A steel bender is in the grip of the police for allegedly leading a gang of three to attack and rob residents of five houses at Kwashieman in Accra.
The suspect identified as Kofi Obeng Darko alias Samuel Ato, 27, was arrested when he attempted to sell some of the stolen items from the robbery operation to one of the victims in his shop at Tip Toe Lane, near the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, in Accra.
Obeng Darko, according to the police is a beneficiary of the justice for all programme after he had been remanded for about two years in connection with a robbery case.
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Five counts of robbery
Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Accra Regional Police Command Crime Officer, Chief Superintendent of Police, Mr Paul Kotonma said, the suspect who was arrested on June 3, 2015, has since been charged with five counts of robbery.
He said at about 1 a. m. on May 31, 2015, the suspect and two accomplices who are currently at large attacked the resident in their houses in the same neighbourhood.
Mr Kontonma said the suspects were armed with a double barrel gun while one of them had masked his face.
At gun point, he said, they demanded for items such as phones, laptops, wrist watches, pairs of foot wear and cash.
From the house of one of the victims, (name withheld for security reasons), Mr Kontonma said the suspected robbers made away with a gold plated iPhone six valued at GHc2,800, a Micheal Course Diamond black wrist watch valued at GHc300, a Tommy Hilfiger Silver wrist watch which the owner claimed he had bought at 900 Rands in South Africa, one pair of Airmass canvas valued at GHC300, a Pineang Power Bank valued at Ghc150 and cash sum of GHC1, 300.
In the next house, the suspected robbers also made away with a Nokia mobile phone value at GHC50, and an amount of GHC500.
In the thrid house, Mr Kontonma said, the suspect took away an IPhone five S worth GHC2, 200 two pairs of Air Max canvases valued at GHc600 and a cash of GHc1, 400.
Additionally, the suspects demanded from the tenant of the fourth house a black HP lap top worth GHc1,400, a Nokia phone valued at GHc 50 and a Vodafone Internet modern valued at GHC70.
In the last house, the suspect made away with a Casio gold watch with GHc500, a Samsung watch which also serves as a mobile phone valued at GHc500, a gold chain valued at GHC300, a 2014 model Air Max Canvas valued at GHc500 and a Samsung three point seven tablet worth GHc800.
Victim identifies stolen items
He said the victims made a report to the Kwashieman police the next day and while investigations were ongoing, one of the victims who is a phone dealer at Tiptoe Lane was in his shop on June 3, 2015, when Obeng Darko walked in with some items for sale.
According to Mr Kontonma the victim identified a Pineng back up power bank which the Obeng Darko was offering for sale as the power bank which was stolen from him.
Additionally, the victim also noticed that the suspect was wearing his Air Max canvas and his Tommy Hilfiger wrist watch which the robbers took from him on that fateful day of the robbery incident.
With the assistance of the other victims who identified the suspect as the person who had ordered them to keep their heads down at gun point during the attack, the victim managed to arrest the suspect and handed him over to the police.