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Serial Number gives Television Thief up!

An unemployed man who allegedly stole a flat-screen television set got exposed when the real owner spelt out its serial number.

Yaw Opoku, who has been remanded by the Ashanti Bekwai Circuit Court, denied entering the room of the complaint’s father where the set was. He was ordered to come back to the Court on October 29.

Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Ofori told the Court presided over by Marc Diboro Tirimah that Noble Osei Owusu, the complainant, was a teacher who bought Akai flat-screen TV for his father. A few months later, the complainant’s father fell sick and was sent to Offinso to receive treatment.

He said the Oldman’s room was locked up but was periodically tidied up by his granddaughter.

The prosecutor said on October 12, at about 0900 hours the complainant’s niece, went to the room to tidy up, where she realized that the padlock to the room had been broken and the 32 inch flat screen had been stolen.

The girl then called his uncle, the complainant, on phone to find out if he had come for the TV.

The prosecution said based on the information, the complainant rushed to the village where his investigation led to the discovery that Yaw Opoku was the culprit.

The complainant, therefore, went to the accused person’s room where he was found watching the television. An argument ensued between the two over the ownership of the set. Opoku insisted that the TV belonged to him.

The complainant in the presence of witnesses then showed him the TV’s serial number stored on his phone.

He said the accused, realising that the serial number matched that of the TV, attempted to run leading to a struggle between the two, resulting in the breaking of the TV screen.

The prosecution said the accused was overpowered, arrested and sent to the Police with the television.

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