Three persons have been put before an Accra Circuit Court for stealing one goat and three sheep from the streets of Suhum.

The suspects have refused to disclose the owners of the animals to the police.

The three persons, Kofi Agbesi, a driver, Kwame Dackey, a tailor and Kwame Issah, a labourer, were arraigned before Adwoa Coleman, where they pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit crime and stealing.

They have been remanded into police custody to re-appear on August 27 2010.

Narrating how the accused persons found themselves in the grips of the law, the prosecuting officer, Inspector E. Afful, told the court that the complainants, who are policemen from Operation Calm Life at the Headquarters in Accra, were on snap check duty at Ofankor in Accra.

At about 2:45pm, they saw a Nissan Primera taxi with registration number ER 3866 U approaching the checkpoint but the car suddenly stopped a few metres away from the Ofankor Barrier, turned around and sped off According to him, the policemen became suspicious of the occupants of the vehicle and gave the cab a hot chase. The accused persons, upon realizing that the police were after them, abandoned the car and ran away.

The Police conducted a search in the abandoned vehicle and found three live sheep, one dead and one live goat, and took them to the police headquarters.

The police officer noted that Agbesi, the first accused person who was also the driver of the said taxi, went to the police to report that some armed robbers had attacked him and snatched the taxi from him. Unfortunately, the arresting officers were there and identified him as one of the people who had abandoned the taxi at Ofankor.

When the accused person realized that he had reported the matter to the VCIY police officers who busted him and his alleged accomplices, he quickly took to his heels but was arrested, after which investigations into the case began.

The inspector said during investigations, the two other suspects were arrested at Agbogbloshie upon a tip-off and they admitted that Agbesi was their driver.

He said the accused persons led the police to Suhum, where they claimed they stole the livestock from the streets, He said the accused persons refused to take the police to the exact area where they stole the domestic animals from, saying they did not know the owners as they stole from the streets. They were arraigned after police investigations.

Source: Daily Guide