By Ivan Mwine
The police in Metropolitan Kampala have arrested a gang of robbers and recovered suspected stolen items worth millions of shillings from their hideout.
According to ASP Luke Owoyesgire, the deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) spokesperson, the suspects were netted following an operation conducted on Thursday by the Joint Security Task Force.
“Yesterday (20th May 2021), the Directorate of Crime Intelligence conducted an intelligence led operation following numerous attacks on people in their homes at night by thugs wielding pangas and knives in the areas of Nansana, Namugoona and Kasubi,” Owoyesigire said in a statement.
He added that; “A team of officers was dispatched to the areas of Kasubi and Kawala. They arrested a group of criminals whom we believe are behind the aggravated robberies.”
Owoyesigire identified the suspects as; Frank Ainebyoona, William Ssenyondo and Nyesiiga Precious Kabiizi.
He revealed that on searching Ainebyoona’s house, detectives recovered an assortment of suspected stolen items were recovered.
At least 10 plasma TVs of different sizes, eight laptops, three DVD players, one amplifier, 13 small speakers, four big bass speakers, four Smart phones and six small phones were found at his home and the suspect didn’t have any document of ownership of the items.
“Another search was conducted at William Sengendo’s premises where one big pliers used to cut padlocks, iron sheets and doors was recovered. A panga, a sharp knife and a hammer were also recovered at his home,” Owoyesigire noted.
The suspects are to be arraigned in courts of law on allegations of being in possession of suspected stolen items.
He noted that; “The operations are still ongoing with the aim of dismantling the market for stolen items. The criminals that are engaged directly in robbing the public are also being targeted,” adding that; “We would like to also urge the public to at all times report or inform the police whenever there is any emergency or such criminal activities in their areas on telephone numbers: 0414-254561, 0414-254562, 0718642443, 0700519319, TOLL FREE: 0800122291, 0800300102.”