General News of Fri, 30 Jan 20040
Police save two shoplifters
Kumasi, Jan. 30, GNA- The timely intervention of two policemen on Friday saved two ladies from being lynched by an angry mob for shoplifting at the Cecil Jay Butik at Adum, the Kumasi Metropolitan business centre.
The two ladies, whose names were not immediately known concealed some of the dresses in their bags, but the vigilance of the Butik attendant gave them out.
The incident which occurred at about 1300 hours on Friday and witnessed by the Ghana News Agency created such a tense atmosphere that the two ladies had to be locked up in the Butik by the two policemen to prevent the mob from meting out instant justice on them.
The arrest of the two ladies come barely two days after four young girls were caught trying to steal at the same Butik. The four whose names were given as Rita Owusu, 20, Ama Ampobeng, 19, Akua Frimpomaa, 19, and Adwoa Achiaa, 19 have been placed in police custody.
Briefing the GNA on Wednesday's incident, Police Inspector Mohammed Yussif Tanko, of the Ashanti Regional Police Relations Unit said, the four suspects went to the Butik for window-shopping at about 1200 hours.
He said when they came out of the Butik, the attendant became suspicious of Frimpomaa's movement and therefore ordered a search to be conducted on her.
In the course of the search, Inspector Tanko said, two dresses were found on her which prompted the others also to be searched and fearing for their lives, Ampobeng admitted the offence and were therefore sent to the police station where they were detained after interrogation.