Four soldiers and five civilians have been arrested by the Millennium City Divisional Police Command for robbing five stone quarries at Gomoa Ojobi, near Kasoa in the Central Region.
The names of the soldiers were given as WO1 Odei Nyarko Isaac, WO1 George Boamah, S/Sgt Ennid Michael and Sgt Aburam Abraham.
The suspected civilians are Ransford Awuni, Cornelius Akorasse, Nelson Akwesi Rayan, Ben Ajah alias Cliff Buckman, David Amuzu and Ebenezer Annan Quao.
The alleged robberies occurred at five different stone quarries, namely Executive Stone Quarry at Gomoa Ojobi, Haoxin Stone Quarry at Awutu Ofaakor, Pilot Stone Quarry at Gomoa Ojobi, F/G Stone Quarry at Awutu Bosom-Abena and others.
Vehicles used in the operations were a white Toyota Land Cruiser with registration number BA-1696-13, Black Pajaro car (No: BA 2504-14) and a Black Toyota Land Cruiser V8 (No: AS 3366-18).
The Central Regional Police Public Relations Officer, DSP/Ms. Irene Oppong, confirmed the incident and said it occurred on March 18, 2020.
She said the manager of the Executive Stone Quarry reported to the Ojobi District Police Command that four military men armed with guns in the accompany of five civilians on board two Toyota Land Cruisers and a Pajaro came to their quarry site and robbed them of a cash of GH¢ 10,000, (1) IBM laptop computer, (1) HP Laptop computer, System units, (1) Money counting machine, (1) receipt printer and (2) security camera decoders, all valued at about GH¢20,000.
DSP Oppong said a team of police personnel from Millennium City Divisional Police Command and a team from the Kasoa Divisional Police Command pursued them until eventually catching up with them at Awutu Ofaakor near Kasoa where they were arrested.
The management of the affected quarries are writing their statements at the Millennium Divisional Police Command.
An amount of GH¢27,810 was retrieved from the suspects after they had been searched.
A fortnight ago, one of the quarries was robbed and their engineers killed and a worker injured.
The Customer Relations Officer for one of the companies, HaoXin Stone Quarry at Awutu Ofaakor, Frederick Denyo, said the company lost GH¢55,000 to the robbers.