The police have busted one member of a gang of vehicle snatchers operating in the Kumasi metropolis and its adjoining areas.
The suspect, Kwame Asukum, 28, a native of Chuchuriga in the Upper East region and a lotto seller at Race Course was arrested by a police patrol team in the midst of a robbery spree around the Bantama market area last Thursday.
He is said to have been involved in a number of robberies in the area within the past three months and the police have appealed to the public to come forward and identify him.
Inspector Yusif Mohammed Tanko of the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Unit said a police patrol team chanced on the robber while he and his gang attempted to snatch a taxi car.
He said between 10pm and 11pm on Thursday April 24, Daniel Ampomah, 37, was driving a KIA Pride taxi with registration number GT 4691 G near the Bantama market, when he was stopped by Asukum, who asked that he should be taken to Bohyen.
Asukum after sitting in the car was said to he pulled a knife at the throat of the driver and shouted to signal his gang (four persons), who had then laid ambush to join him.
The taxi driver was said to have struggled with them and shouted for help and a police patrol team arrived at the scene.
All five suspects were said to have taken to their heels but the police managed to arrest Asukum.
Inspector Tanko said Asukum volunteered information and said he was recruited into the robbery gang about three months ago and that since he joined, they have succeeded in robbing three cars at the same spot.
He told the police that they in turn use the cars to pick unsuspecting passengers and rob them of their mobile phones and other valuables and later abandon the car.
He said so far he has benefitted from four mobile phones, which he sold and kept the monies for himself.