Self-acclaimed electrician, Richard Kromponi, has been handed a three-year jail term for stealing a Sonlink tricycle worth GH¢15,000.00. The 29-year-old pleaded guilty with an explanation, but his explanation was not enough to exonerate him from the crime. He was charged with conspiracy to commit crime and stealing while his accomplice, Eric, is still at large.
According to Chief Inspector Charles Aziati, who was the prosecutor for the case, the complainant was a scrap dealer and a resident of Konda, a suburb of Kpando. The convict, who claimed to be an electrician, was a resident of Ve Hoeme. The complainant owned the tricycle with registration number M-21-VR 904 and usually parked it by the side of his house whenever he went to bed. However, on April 16, the complainant woke up to find his tricycle missing.
The following day, the Volta North Regional Police Patrol team led by Sergeant David Aryeh, were on patrol at Vuita, a town located on the main Hohoe to Ho Road, when they saw two occupants on a tricycle coming to join that segment of the road at Vuita from Leklebi direction. The team stopped the tricycle, which was being driven by the convict with his accomplice, Eric, standing on the bucket of the tricycle.
Upon questioning, the two were in a hurry to leave and tried to offer the police GH¢10.00 to pave their way. The team realized that the two were using fictitious ignition keys to ride the tricycle. When asked to turn off the ignition, Kromponi could not turn the key fully. As a result, they were both subjected to questioning, during which Kromponi and his accomplice took to their heels. The convict was eventually apprehended, but his accomplice escaped.
The complainant lodged a complaint of theft at Kpando Police station and was later directed to Hohoe Police station where he identified the tricycle as his. Kromponi’s sentencing serves as a deterrent to others who may be contemplating committing similar crimes. For the most part, it is essential to have vigilance and take necessary precautions to prevent theft. It is also important to report any suspicious activities to the appropriate authorities.