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Kotoka Airport: The Employees Caught Stealing iPads & Phones Aboard Airlines 1/26/2014

Three employees of Aviance Ghana Limited have been captured on video breaking into the baggage of travellers at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra and stealing iPads and mobile phones from them.

The closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage captured baggage offloading activities in the bulk holding compartment of Emirates Flight EK787 that arrived at the KIA from Dubai on October, 2013.

Names of suspects

According to the police, the suspects, whose names were given as Emmanuel Sowah, 35; Abraham Armah, 33, and John Paul Dzanku, 36, conspired with Abraham Tetteh Pinto, a member of staff of Glory Height Profile Consult, to carry out the operation.

The first three have been working with Aviance Ghana since 2009.

The CCTV footage showed the three forcibly opening the baggage of some passengers of the Emirates flight and stealing gadgets, including iPads and mobile phones.

While Pinto kept watch to ensure that they were not caught, the three Aviance Ghana workers hid the stolen items in their working gear before leaving the bulk holding compartment.

Emirates Invites Aviance Security

The footage was seen 10 days after the incident when Emirates Airlines invited the management of the Aviance Security Department of the Ghana Airport Company Limited to watch it.

The management of the Airport Security, led by the Aviation Security Operations Manager, Mr Kennedy Affum Agyapong, was said to have been overwhelmed by what it saw.

One iPad retrieved

The Public Relations Officer of the CID, Assistant Superintendent of Police Mr Joseph B. Darkwa, told the Daily Graphic that Aviation Security officers later retrieved one iPad from suspect Dzanku upon a search.

He said all the four suspects deserted their posts and had since gone into hiding.

They have been charged with stealing and a warrant of arrest was obtained from the courts on January 14.

The four have been itemised on the police wanted list in the Police Gazette.

Pictures of the four suspects have been posted at vantage points at the KIA and on the notice boards of a number of police stations throughout the country.

It is believed, he said, that the suspects could be hiding in Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, Somanya or in the Volta Region.

“Anybody with information on them should contact the nearest police station or the Director of the Commercial Crime Unit at the CID Headquarters in Accra,” the police notice stated.

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