Police in the Ashanti Region have arrested a 37-year-old man suspected to be part of a car-stealing syndicate.
The suspect whose name has been given as Alex Owusu was arrested on Tuesday, 11th August, 2020 in a coordinated operation by the police to end the act in the region.
Alex Owusu was arrested by the police at the Suntreso District.
According to the Director of Public Affairs at the Ashanti Regional Police Command, ASP Godwin Ahianyo, investigations reveal that the suspect hires the services of a taxi from neighbouring towns under the pretext of visiting his sick mother in Kumasi.
In the course of the journey, the suspect would often convince victims to have the vehicle washed at a bay while escorting him to buy spare parts for his faulty excavator at Suame Magazine.
“Whiles there the suspect takes leave of the victim and says he was withdrawing money from the bank; only for him to return to the washing bay, takes the ignition key from the bay attendant and drives the car away,” narrated ASP Ahianyo.
The police spokesperson said Owusu was arrested with the help of the police at Kasoa District Command in the Central Region, following intelligence.
The suspect upon interrogation also led the police to retrieve eight vehicles that are currently in the custody of the Suntreso District Command.
He has since been detained and assisting with investigations.
“Such cases have come to our attention… We know he is not alone, he has accomplices because the number plates are not genuine ones. He has affixed different number plates which do not belong to those taxi cabs”, the police said.
ASP Ahianyo is appealing to the general public to be mindful of the passengers they pick as they could fall prey to such heinous crimes.
“We are appealing to victims to report to the police as investigation continues. We know with this success chalked we will be able to get other accomplices involved and then make sure they face the full rigors of the law“, he added.