3 December 2012

Liberia: Fake Diplomat in Arm Robbery

The Liberia National Police say it has re-arrested a notorious criminal identified as Amos Chaindu. The Police said suspect Chaindu was bent on dressing like a diplomat to dupe banks in Liberia.

Police Deputy Director for Operations, Col. Abraham Kromah disclosed that members of a criminal gang who he did not name were always posting like diplomats and dressed in coat suits and other African attires using diplomatic license plates on their vehicles.

Suspect Chaindu was first arrested in March this year when he and his collaborators allegedly robbed a commercial bank in Firestone using a vehicle with a diplomatic plate marked 10-CD-21.

Col. Kromah explained that the suspected criminals including Chaindu entered the bank well dressed pretending to be business tycoons who had gone at the bank to do financial transactions.

As they entered the bank, Kromah said the men pulled out their guns and placed bankers and customers at gun point but the armed robbers did not succeed at the time because customers and bank staff raised alarm leaving the suspected criminals with no option but to escape the scene into the plantation. The Police pursued them and arrested Chaindu.

He was investigated, charged with Arm Robbery and subsequently sent to court for prosecution in March 2012.

Interestingly, the Deputy Police Chief told reporters that suspect Chaindu resurfaced at a commercial bank in Monrovia on Saturday, December 1, 2012. He was identified and the police were later hinted about his presence at the bank. He was immediately re-arrested and taken at LNP headquarters where he is currently detained.

Suspect Amos Chaindu in an interview with reporters at the Police headquarters claimed that he is a businessman who went to the bank to encash a cheque in the amount of US$3,200.00. He disclosed that the cheque was issued in his name by a man he did not identify.

Although Arm Robbery is a capital offense that is non bailable under Liberian laws, suspect Chaindu displayed a court document securing his released after he claimed to have filed a criminal appearance bond.

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