Police in Gbarnga are investigating a man who claims he was overwhelmed by hardship which forced him to steal to support his family. He has pleaded for forgiveness, promising to “turn his life around and not sin anymore.”
Augustine Suah told police investigators that his action was also due to frustration over an unidentified girlfriend who left him for another man.
Augustine Suah, 49, was caught by neighbors during a robbery attempt with a pistol last Monday in the home of Madam Lowermon Dokie in the Deanville Community.
The Chief of Operations of the Bong County Police Detachment, Inspector Dauda Swaray, told the Daily Observer that Madam Dokie left home Monday morning for work, but realized that she had forgotten some important documents. But when she returned home to pick them up, accompanied by several workmates, she discovered her house door was unlocked.
Police quoted Madam Dokie as saying “the children did not lock the iron door before going to school, so the criminal took advantage of the situation and entered the house.” Upon entering the house she discovered Suah and raised an alarm. Suah was subsequently arrested.
A Police charge sheet seen by the Daily Observer said Suah was caught in possession of Madam Dokie’s laptop computer and other valuable items.
Suah told this reporter that he resides in Monrovia and had spent five days in Gbarnga before his arrest. “I don’t know the Gbarnga terrain and don’t know anyone here,” he said.
Suah said he is a driver by profession but had lost his job and has been unable to support his family so he decided to move to Gbarnga in search of a job. He also admitted that the gun found on him was given to him by a friend in Monrovia, although he did not disclose the name of the friend. The arrested robber did not give any details about his family that he was pressed to steal for.
There have been several armed robbery reports in Gbarnga in recent times. Victims have told police here that robbers with their faces covered and armed with shotguns and other weapons, have attacked their homes, threatening to kill them, and robbing them of their jewelry and money.
Residents have said the situation is alarming and have appealed to the Liberia National Police to take measures to assist them in bringing the situation under control.