By Momodou Jawo
A native of Sare Wallong village in the Jimara District of the Upper River Region has been arrested by police in Basse for allegedly stealing 12 sheep, The Standard has been informed yesterday.
The man identified as Kemintang Kanteh, was arrested with a locally made pistol containing two bullets after the police laid an ambush for him at the outskirts of the village he is currently residing, a source disclosed to The Standard.
Kanteh, who is now residing in the border village of Sare Samba Giddeh, is currently in the custody of the Basse Police Station helping them with their investigations.
The accused, according to our sources, had been dubbed “notorious” for thefts in URR. “He decided to stay in that border village for the fact that when he operates in The Gambia, he could run and enter Senegal and if he operates in Senegal he could run and enter The Gambia,” our source said.
The source added: “His cover was blown when he stole a sheep in one of the villages in Jimara and the owner identified it. But Kemintang emphatically denied that the sheep belonged to the plaintiff. The complainant then reported the matter to the village alkalo and later to the police. “When the police apprehended Kemintang, they took him to his compound, but he took to his feet and escaped. After a search was conducted in his compound, 12 suspected stolen sheep were found.”
The Standard has been informed that the accused has a previous conviction for theft.
The police spokesman in Banjul could not be reached for comment on the matter.