The Accra Regional Police Command is searching for a gang of robbers who on Monday disarmed a policeman escorting a mobile banking van and stole an unspecified amount of money at Baatsonaa on the Spintex Road.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Effia Tenge, Head of Public Affairs Unit of the Command, told the Ghana News Agency that three AK 47 spent shells were retrieved from the scene of the expedition where there was indiscriminate shooting.
She said on March 1, 2021, at about 1530 hours, the Baatsonaa Police Patrol Team had information of a robbery incident at Baatsonaa, near Danpong Hospital and Pharmacy on the Spintex road.
“The team proceeded to the scene where a Toyota Mobile Banking Van which was allegedly robbed was seen parked. The robbers had already finished their operation and gone.”
Inspection of the vehicle according to DSP Tenge showed that padlocks and hinges on the bucket were broken and the glass was riddled with bullets suspected to be AK 47 bullets.
The bucket she said was empty with white wrappers scattered in it.
“On the spot eyewitnesses account revealed that at about 1530 hours, the mobile money van which was being used to collect daily sales from traders of markets and shops was seen ahead of a black Toyota Camry with registration number GX 6337-14 and unidentified motor bike,” she stated.
The DSP said when they got to a nearby school, the black Toyota Camry and the motorbike crossed the mobile money van compelling the driver to stop abruptly amidst gunshots by the robbers numbering about four who then used a hammer to break the hinges and the padlocks of the van and transferred all the monies into the black Toyota Camry number GX 6337-14 followed by the motorbike.
The cashier, she said, was yet to ascertain the total amount of money robbed, adding that the Police officer escorting the van was disarmed and his AK 47 rifle taken.
She noted that three AK 47 spent shells which were retrieved from the scene were retained as investigations had commenced into the matter.