A 30-year-old musician has been remanded into custody by an Accra Circuit Court for stealing various items from Shoprite at the West Hills Mall at Weija in the Greater Accra Region.
David Ike reportedly packed foodstuffs and toiletries into a bag and left the shop without paying for them.
He was spotted by a security guard at the mall, who asked him to produce receipts for the items.
Cing biscuit, one Medisoft soap, two bars of chocolate, tissue, underwear, two bottled water and one packet of peanuts, all totaling GH₵167.85, were found in the bag.
A search conducted on him revealed one wrapper of substance suspected to be narcotic.
David Ike was put before the court on two counts of stealing and use of narcotic drug, to which he pleaded not guilty.
The court, presided over by a relieving judge Afi Agbanu Kudormor, remanded the accused person into custody to reappear on September 4, 2018.
The prosecutor Chief Inspector Victor Dosoo told the court that the complainant is a security guard at the West Hills Mall at Weija in Accra.
He said on August 12, 2018 at about 8 pm while people were busy shopping at the mall, the accused person also entered Shoprite, picked a bag and loaded it with the aforementioned items.
He told the court that the accused walked out of the mall with the goods without paying.
The prosecutor said the security guard called him back and asked him to produce the receipts covering the items but he failed to do so.
The prosecutor said the accused was subsequently arrested and the items were retrieved from him.
“He was later handed over to the police on duty at the West Hills Mall. Further search conducted on him by the police revealed one wrapper of substance suspected to be narcotic. The suspect was handed over to the New Weija Police for investigations,” Chief Inspector Dosoo told the court.
The court heard that David Ike admitted the offence in his caution statement.
He added that the substance would be forwarded to the forensic laboratory for examination.