Crime & Punishment of 2013-12-10

Robbers attack sachet water company

Eight suspected armed robbers, at dawn last Saturday, attacked 14 employees of White Dove Mineral Water, a sachet water producing company at Akyem Akroso in the Birim Central Municipality, and took them hostage.

The robbers, some of who allegedly wielded guns and machetes, collected the mobile phones of the victims and GH¢5,000, being the previous day's sales of sachet water, locked the workers in a room, ransacked the place and fled before a report was made to the police.

Briefing the Daily Graphic at Oda yesterday, the Oda Municipal Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Issah Mohammed Cantona, said about 2 a.m. last Saturday, when the workers were busily producing water, the eight robbers, four of whom were masked, scaled the wall of the factory into the premises.

He said the robbers ordered the workers to surrender all their mobile phones and the money they had on them and they complied.

DSP Cantona said the robbers, not satisfied with what the workers had given them, ordered all of them into one room, locked them up and ransacked the entire factory for more money.

He said after their operation, which lasted for more than an hour, the robbers warned them not to come out of the room until after 7 a.m. and fled with their booty.

DSP Cantona said after the robbers had left the scene, one of the male employees managed to destroy a window of the room for the other hostages to come out through it.

The employees then lodged a complaint with the Akroso Police, who called for reinforcement from Oda but it was too late; the robbers had already fled the scene.

He said the police had mounted a search for the criminals and appealed to the general public to assist them with information to enable the police to apprehend them.