Edward Abeiku, unemployed, who is accused of stealing 11 pieces of Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) prepaid meters at Nungua, has been put before an Accra Circuit Court.
Abieku and his accomplices, yet to be arrested, are said to have stolen some of the prepaid meters from victims and re-installed them to other customers.
Charged with stealing, Abeiku has pleaded not guilty before the court presided over by Mrs Afia Owusua Appiah.
The court has, however, admitted Abeiku to bail in the sum of GHC 60,000 with three sureties one of whom is to be a public servant earning not less than GHC 2,500. He is expected to reappear on June 11.
Prosecuting Inspector Samuel Ahiabor said the complainant Mr Samuel Korley is the Nungua District Technical Officer of ECG and Abieku is a resident of Nungua.
Inspector Ahiabor said the Kpeshie Divisional Police Command has been receiving rampant complaints of theft of ECG prepaid meters within Nungua and its environs.
According to the prosecutor, the ECG office informed the Kpeshie Police Command of the situation and the two offices have been on the lookout for perpetrators of the thefts.
On April 22, this year, the Police Command received information from a witness (name withheld) that Abeiku and two others yet to be arrested have stolen electricity meters and kept them in a room.
Prosecution said the Police proceeded to the location and arrested Abeiku who had in possession one of the prepaid meters.
When a search was conducted in the room of Abeiku’s accomplice Robert Annang Adu, a co- tenant, four of the prepaid meters belonging to ECG were found.
Prosecution said the Police conducted another search in Abeiku’s room and another three faced ECG prepaid meters were retrieved.
Inspector Ahiabor said Abeiku mentioned Annang as his accomplice.
The prosecutor said police investigations revealed that from January to early April, this year, Abeiku and his accomplices have stolen several ECG meters officially assigned and installed for some customers of the community at cost of GHC600 cedis per meter.
Prosecution said when Mr Korley was contacted, he identified the meters as property of ECG which were among 60 pieces of meters reported to have been stolen.
Inspector Ahiabor said Abeiku also led the Police and officials of ECG through the Nungua Township and pointed out additional five pieces of ECG meters the group had stolen from victims and re-installed them for unsuspecting customers.
Prosecution said efforts were underway to arrest Abeiku’s accomplices.