Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bank Manager, Accomplice Arrested For Stealing GHS 111,300.00



Kwaku Boateng (right) and Samuel Larkotey Lartey at the Accra Regional Command (Image: Daily Graphic)

Two persons including an operations manager of a bank are in the grip of the police for their alleged involvement in the robbery of GHS 111,300.00 from three branches of a reputable bank.

One of the suspects, Samuel Larkotey Lartey, 36,a banker and the operations manager of the bank is said to have allegedly conspired with Kwaku Boateng, 45, a trader to rob three branches of the same bank of a total sum of GHS 111,300.00

The name of the bank has been withheld for security reasons.

Cover Up

Briefing journalists, the Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner Police (DCOP) Mr Christian Tetteh Yohuno said the robbery operation in all the three branches were carried out separately on the same day at about 12 midnight.

He said investigations established that on March 3,2014, Lartey who had embezzled some unspecified amount of money belonging to the bank masterminded the robbery operation to cover up the theft.

Lartey who was the custodian of the keys to the bank’s vault, he said, conspired with Boateng to break into the banking halls of the three branches and made away with the amount.

Other accomplices

The police said it suspected the operation was carried out with the assistance of some other accomplices and investigations are still on going to bring them to book.

Mr Yohuno said the police had observed that most commercial and residential robberies were planned with the assistance of insiders who usually leaked information on the financial position and transactions of the victims to robbers.

He advised that the background of workers were thoroughly investigated before they were employed.

Their criminal records can be ascertained at the Criminal Data Services Bureau at the Criminal Investigations Department Headquarters” he said and urged banks to ensure the proper safety of their keys.

Source:Daily Graphic