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General News of Tuesday, 23 July 2019


Tema robbers deploy tactics to re-spray Toyota Corolla used in attacking Rawlings’ outrider

The ‘Chameleon car’, Toyota Corolla with registration number GG 991-18, which has been used to torment residents of Tema and its environs for five days, has finally been seized by the police after it was found abandoned on the Accra-Tema Motorway yesterday.

Information available to The Chronicle in Tema indicates that police on routine patrols on the motorway found a black Toyota Corolla with registration number GG 991-18 without any attendant.

A search conducted in the car revealed some spent 9mm ammunition shells, pre-supposing that the occupants might have engaged an unknown group in a gun battle, leading to its abandonment. A careful observation exposed the newly-sprayed black colour with no number plate fitted to the rear, unlike the front.

The front right spare tyre, popularly known as ‘take me home’, are among the few indications that gave it out as the Toyota Corolla used in criminal acts, hence, becoming a ‘chameleon car’.

A dependable police source, who spoke to The Chronicle on condition of anonymity, stated that having found the car used to commit crimes in the area, they would liaise with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to establish the true owner.

The ‘chameleon car’, then blue in colour, was on Saturday, July 13, 2019, used by unidentified gunmen during the shooting of Number 41808 General Sergeant Hope Atsu Sekey, a dispatch rider attached to the security detail of former President Flt-Lt Jerry John Rawlings.

The following day, Sunday, July 14, 2019, the occupants of the same car stormed the Tema Motorway Roundabout Shell Filling Station, and, at gunpoint, robbed the place of unspecified amounts of money and other properties.

Keep reading The Chronicle as we promise to bring to you details about the ownership of the car.