Seven persons have been arrested by the police in Tema for allegedly taking part in the stealing of 120,845 cedis robbed from a Lebanese businessman last Thursday.
According to the police, the seven suspects were part of eyewitnesses who scrambled for the cash thrown onto the street by the armed robbers as they were pursued by the police.
Three of them, Richard Attoh alias Amartey, 30; Qaadir Bancey, 31; and Awudu Mohammed alias Vuga, 36, have admitted to having taken part in the scrambling and pocketing a total of 2,500 cedis from the crime scene.
They have been charged with stealing, the police said in a statement.
The other four suspects are Sulemana Bancey, 62; Kwesi Hanson Smith, 66; Kabul Akuaku, 53 and David Nartey Daniels, 30.
According to the police, intelligence gathering led to the arrest of the seven suspects.
“Police is therefore urging members of the public who witnessed the incident to provide information leading to the arrest and retrieval of all the money robbed from the victim,” the police appealed.
How the incident happened
Two robbers on Thursday April 23 trailed the Lebanese, Mashood Hamid, from the Tema Community 1 branch of Zenith Bank where he had gone to withdraw 123, 345 cedis at about 12:30 p.m.
At the TDC traffic light, they two robbers who rode on a motorbike ambushed him when the light turned red.
They shot at the tyres of the vehicle to immobilize him before snatching the money, the police said.
An alarmed was raised and a police patrol team within the area pursued them. The robbers were said to have engaged the police in a shootout which resulted killing the two robbers.
One died on the spot and the other later at the Police headquarters.
“The money scattered on the streets,” the Tema police said, noting people around then scrambled for the banknotes “leaving only 2,500.00 Ghana cedis salvaged by the complainant”.
Police have described the gun used by the robbers as “powerful”.