About 10 suspected armed robbers, on the dawn of Sunday, attacked and robbed a Shell Filling Station at Community 7, of huge sums of money.
The suspected robbers, according to Yaa Afriyie, the manager of the filling station which is adjacent to the Tema Technical Institute, stormed the station wielding guns and took attendants and security men at the facility hostage while some of them forced their way into the shopping centre of the station.
She said they forcefully took the day’s sales from two salesgirls who were on duty before proceeding to her office where they made away with some unspecified amount of money before fleeing the scene in the same cars they arrived in.
Yaa Afriyie mentioned that the station runs a 24-hour service and added that the station was still opened to the public when suddenly the robbers arrived in their cars.
She said she was inside her office at the time of their arrival and so could not say what type of cars they came in and how many they were.
She noted that she had earlier on heard some noise from the shopping centre and was preparing to step out of her office to find out what the problem was when suddenly, one of the sales girls, with a gun pointed to her, led six of the armed robbers into her office.
“They demanded money from me and threatened to harm me and my workers if we failed to adhere to their demand. I handed monies which was in my possession in my office to them to avoid any of us getting harmed by the guys,” she remarked.
She noted that she was yet to know the exact amount the robbers made away with.
Ms Afriyie said the whole incident lasted for close to an hour, adding that they left without harming anyone at the facility and “they also did not destroy anything here at our station”.
Asked if the matter was reported to the police, she said she reported the robbery to the main harbour police station.
Chief Inspector Olivia Turkson, the Public Relations Officer of the Tema Regional Police Command, told DAILY GUIDE that she was informed about the report made to the police station by the owners of the filling station about the alleged robbery.
She said it was too early to comment on the incident but indicated that her outfit would definitely conduct an investigation into the alleged robbery so as to bring to bring the miscreants to book.
Chief Inspector Turkson appealed to members of the general public to help the police with information that might lead to the arrested of the suspects.
In a related development, a female resident of Gulf City, an Ashaiman suburb, was last Saturday robbed of her car at gunpoint by unknown armed men.
According to a source, the lady, whose identity is yet to be known, was said to be driving home alone in her car when the armed men, in a taxi, suddenly hit the rear part of her car.
She was said to have got down to find out what the problem was when one of them suddenly pulled out a gun and ordered her to surrender her car to them.
Two occupants of the taxi were said to have quickly sat in the lady’s car and drove off the scene to avoid arrest while the taxi, which conveyed the rest, drove after the car.
It is not clear if the lady has reported the incident to the police.
Source Daily Guide