Apeatua Addo, GNA
Enchi (W/R), July 10, GNA - Two men are in the grips of the law for allegedly stealing four bundles of aluminium high tension cables worth GH¢15,000.00 at Dadieso in the Western Region.
The two, Ralph Obbi, a farmer and Kwesi Oppong, cobbler, were nabbed by the police upon a tip-off.
They appeared before the Enchi District Magistrate court and pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to steal, stealing and dishonestly receiving.
The presiding judge, Mr. Eric Baah Boateng after hearing the prosecution brief facts granted each of the accused a GH¢10,000 bail with two sureties each.
Prosecuting, Detective Sergeant Joseph Kwadwo Agyare told the court that a month ago Obbi and Oppong planned to sell the high tension cables that were packed behind Obbi's house.
According to the prosecution Oppong informed one Abdalah alias Grow, who is now at large about the deal o which he expressed interest.
On June 1, 2018, at about 0100 am, Abdalah picked Oppong on his motor bike from Dadieso to Kwabenakrom where they met Obbi.
He explained that after negotiation over the price of the cables Obbi and Abdalah settled on 1,000.00 Ghana cedis.
The prosecution said Abdalah promised to pay the money later and they all agreed and went to pack the stolen items on a tricycle and sent them to Abdalah's house at Nyame Adomkrom, a suburb of Dadieso.
Detective Agyare said they later conveyed the cables to the Dadieso Kumasi bus terminal to enable them to transport them to Kumasi for sale.
He said on June 3, the Dadieso police had intelligence that the remaining high tension cables to be used for rural electrification project for Suaman District had been stolen.
He said police begun a search around the area and on reaching the Dadieso Kumasi bus terminal they found 4 coiled high tension cables wrapped in fertilizer sacks of which they conveyed to the Dadieso Police station for investigation.
The prosecution said Obbi was then arrested but he denied any knowledge of the crime and rather mentioned Oppong and Abdalah as the culprits.
The police apprehended Oppong who admitted the offence in his investigation caution statement.GNA