Monrovia – A disrobed Police officer, Alexander Toe, who has allegedly duped several renters in Matadi Estate has been arrested and forwarded to the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice where he was later ordered detained at the Monrovia Central Prison, pending prosecution next Monday.
Toe, a resident of Old Matadi Estate, is reported to have organized a scam where he had allegedly taken up to US$17,000 from several persons in the Matadi Estate under the pretense that he owned an apartment which was being put up for rent.
Narrating her ordeal to the police during investigation, one of the alleged victims, Agnes Massalay, is quoted by the police as saying that on May 17, 2016, she paid the amount of US$2,400 to defendant
Toe for a three room apartment for the period of one year but since she made payment to Toe, he has refused to provide her the apartment.
The second alleged victim identified by the police as Chris Wandah is also quoted by the police that on March 27, 2016, he paid to the defendant the amount of US$2,500 for a three bed-room apartment for one year six months but to his surprise, Toe could not provide him the apartment as well as pay back his money.
Another victim, Velvet Theo, also told the police that on December 12, 2015, she paid the amount of US$1,800.00 to defendant Toe for a two –bed room apartment for one year.
Disappointingly, she said the defendant could not provide the apartment but paid back US$900 while US$900 is still pending.
Court records indicated that a total of 12 other victims narrated how they made several other payments to defendant Toe which police has put the total payments of up to US$17,000
According to the police, when the Criminal Services Division held preliminary investigation with defendant Toe, he chose to remain silent after the 15 victims have narrated their ordeal to the police of how they were allegedly robbed by him.
The police say that each of the victim, during the investigation, exhibited proof of each of the transaction with defendant Toe at different dates and times for the renting of the three bed-room apartment in question.
The police also say that it resolved to charge defendant Toe with the commission of the crime of theft of property for his failure to provide the apartment for which he received the money from the victims coupled with previous records of defendant Toe in the Anti-theft Squad and the Professional Standards Division.
“ In view of the investigation findings coupled with the names mentioned of the victims/complaints statements and receipts signed and issued resolved to charge the defendant with the crime of theft of property in the tune of US$17,030 in violation Section 15.51 of the New Penal Law of the Republic of Liberia.
Kennedy L. Yangian kennedylyangian@frontpageafrica