Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 21 April 2005
Cape Coast April 21, GNA- Armed robbers numbering about five, in the early hours of Wednesday robbed two houses at Nkanfoa, near Cape Coast and took away more than 20 million cedis cash, five mobile phones and some jewelry.
Mr Albert Onwona- Agyeman, regional police commander who made this known to the GNA in an interview at Cape Coast on Thursday, said no arrests have so far been made and that the police were doing everything possible to arrest the robbers.
He said the armed robbers stormed the house of one Madam Justina Asiedu, and fired a warning shot when members of her household began to shout, while they used blocks to break the door leading to the house and robbed her of 850,000 cedis, two mobile phones and some jewelry.
He said the robbery, took less than 10 minutes and the robbers then moved to the house of one Madam Mary Korkor and also robbed her of 20 million cedis three mobile phones and some jewelry.
Mr Onwona-Agyeman expressed concern about the increase of armed robbery in the municipality of late, and urged the public to inform the police of the activities armed robbers.
He said the armed robbers, have changed their method of operation, and now move on foot, instead of using vehicles and advised the public to be mindful of strange people in their vicinities.
He called for the re-activation of the various neighbourhood watch committees in order to stem the situation and gave the assurance that the police would also evolve the requisite strategies to fight them. He suggested the establishment of community police stations, particularly, in areas like the University of Cape Coast, Abura, Ankaful and Nkanfoa, as well as newly developed areas, which are a bit isolated, to complement the efforts of the police at the only two police stations in the municipality.
Last month, a group of armed robbers attacked two households in Cape Coast, seriously injuring three of their victims, including a lecturer at the UCC and made off with cash, jewelry and some mobile phones.