Informant Help Police To Nab Armed Robbers (Spread)

William K Asilejoe and John Malm

The vigilance of an informant at Ashale-Botwe in Accra has resulted in the arrest of two suspected armed robbers.

The informant, who had spotted the suspects breaking into cars and stealing from them called the Adenta District Police Commander, DSP Stephen K. Ahiatafu, while he monitored the activities of the robbers.

The suspects, John Malm and William Kuku Asilejoe, both 40 years, realising that the informant was trailing them, turned their vehicle around and drove directly to where the informant was in an attempt to kill him but he managed to escape unhurt.

The Adenta District Police Commander, DSP Ahiatafu, told journalists in Accra that he received a call from an informant on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at about 4.30 pm that a group of armed robbers in a VW Golf 4, with registration number GE 2445-10, was breaking into cars along the Ashale-Botwe-Nmai Djorn road.

He said since he was not far from the area the informant described, he set off to the place while he called for reinforcement.

DSP Ahiatafu said when he got to the scene, the leader of the gang, Malm, an ex-convict, was in the vehicle but Asilejoe and another suspect, Markwei, managed to escape into the bush.

However, a group of young men in the area gave the two a hot chase and succeeded in arresting Asilejoe.

A search in the car revealed a locally manufactured pistol with two rounds of cartridges, GH¢80 cash, two different car plates with numbers GE 1946-10 and GE 2445-10 and an implement adapted to open cars.

The two suspects (Asilejoe and Malm) were then arrested.

Upon interrogation, he said the suspects confessed that their modus operandi was to monitor business activities at banks and then follow customers who withdrew large sums of money.

“Malm dresses like a customer and monitors activities in the banks. As soon as a big withdrawal is made, he alerts members of the gang outside the bank,” he stated.

According to DSP Ahiatafu, the gang had been successful in stealing valuables from cars parked on the Legon-Madina road in several operations in the past.

In another incident, a 21-year-old suspected armed robber, Baba Ibrahim, who was identified as a suspect in several robberies in Ashale-Botwe, is also in the grips of the Adentan Police.

DSP Ahiatafu said the police kept Baba under a constant surveillance after an informant’s description fitted one of the robbers who had attacked a house in the area recently.

He said Ibrahim, who was riding an unlicensed motorbike, jumped from the bike and took to his heels when he spotted a police vehicle, but was arrested by a mob who nearly lynched him.

According to the police officer, after Ibrahim’s rescue, someone identified him as a suspected mobile phone snatcher.

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