The Ashanti Regional Police Command has nabbed James Donkor, a car sprayer at Nkeetia (Asuofia) near Kumasi, over three stolen vehicles.
The vehicles were found in Donkor?s workshop where he was said to be busily spraying them to give them a new identity so that their owners could not spot them.
The number plates and all stickers on the vehicles had been removed, as Donkor was giving them a new colour at his workshop on December 7.
The police, who stormed the place upon a tip-off, also arrested one Kwabena Gyau, said to be a fitting mechanic who allegedly helped in the efforts to give the vehicles new looks.
Daewoo Matiz, registered CR 1235-14, Opel Corsa with registration number AW 7309-13 and Nissan Almera, believed to have been stolen, were the three cars found in Donkor?s workshop.
He had purportedly told the police that the three vehicles belonged to one person who brought them for spraying, but he (Donkor) had so far refused to mention the name of the said owner.
ACP Ampofo Duku, Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander, said with his refusal to mention the name of the owner, Donkor would be regarded by the police as the one that snatched the cars.
Delving deep into the matter, he said around 2:30 am on December 7, one Bismarck Oduro reported to the police at Suntreso that his Daewoo Matiz taxi cab had been snatched at Adoato by two men who hired his service from Bantama.
That same morning, the police gathered intelligence that the Daewoo Matrix which was stolen some hours earlier, had been packed at a spraying shop at Nkeetia (Asuofia) so they quickly rushed there with the complainant.
He said even though the car?s number plate and all stickers on it had been removed, Bismarck Oduro quickly identified it so James Donkor, the sprayer and Kwabena Gyau, the mechanic, were quickly arrested.
ACP Ampofo Duku said a search at the workshop also revealed another snatched Opel which was robbed from its driver, Kwadwo Owusu Ansah, on December 5, 2014 at about 5:00 am at Asuoyeboa SSNIT flat.
He said the Nissan Almera, believed to have also been stolen, was packed at the workshop, adding that all the three stolen cars had their number plates and stickers removed as they were being sprayed.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi