The Police in Mankessim have arrested couples suspected to be in their late 50s.
They have been accused of robbing passengers of their belongings at Harom Junction along the Mankessim stretch of the Cape Coast highway.
The alleged modus operandi involves posing as a couple and hiring a taxi to appear as if they are heading to Cape Coast.
Once inside the taxi, they stop at bus stops, and one of them swiftly snatches the passengers’ bags before speeding away in the waiting taxi.
Their streak of successful robberies came to an end when they attempted to snatch a passenger’s bag in Saltpond.
Another vehicle noticed the incident and gave chase, leading to the apprehension of the suspects.
Currently, the suspects remain under the custody of the Mankessim Police Command while further investigations take place.
An eyewitness recounted the incident to the media stated that, “I was traveling from Saltpond to Mankessim around 12 p.m. When I reached Harom Junction, I saw a car coming from Saltpond. It tried to cross in front of me, but I almost hit it. One of the passengers in the car alerted me that they were thieves. I was originally heading to Mankessim, but I turned around and followed them.”
“I informed an oncoming sprinter driver to follow them as well. The sprinter driver overtook them, and I positioned my vehicle right behind them, blocking their escape route. They were two men and two women, possibly in their 50s. The police were called, and they were apprehended. They had a sack containing several purses they had stolen. Some of the robbed passengers were traveling from Cape Coast and Kumasi.”
The eyewitness further revealed that the criminals had been causing distress to passengers in the area for some time. “A few weeks ago, a passenger I picked complained bitterly about being robbed of GH¢10,000,” he stated.