By Exposed Uganda
Two people have been arrested by the police in Lubowa, a Kampala suburb, over allegations of stealing car number plates and later demanding money from car owners before returning them.
This revelation was made by the Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson Asp Luke Owoyesigyire, who said that the police at Lubowa on Tuesday 13/07/21 arrested two suspects who have been stealing vehicle number plates.
Owoyesigire identified the suspects as Brian Natamba and Saul Katushabe, who he said have been stealing car number plates in areas of Lubowa, Zzana, Bunamwaya, Katale, Bukwenda, Seguku and Nalumunye.
“The operation followed complaints to police from the affected communities. After plucking off the car licence plates, the suspects would leave their mobile phone contacts on the vandalised car, which the victims were expected to call for details about the whereabouts of their motor vehicle plates,” Owoyesigire said in a statement.
He added that; “When the victims call the suspects’ mobile phone number, the receiver tells them to send them money first before they reveal to them where they hid the licence plates. Police tracked down the suspects using the new technology acquired to fight crime.”
He noted that the suspects were arrested from areas of Seguku and Namasuba. They later led the police where they hid the licence plates.
Owoyesgire revealed that at least 46 different number plates were recovered during the operation and that verification of the owners of the licence plates is ongoing.
“Our crime database shows that the duo were arrested before on the similar offence of stealing from motor vehicles and remanded to prison. They started from where they stopped upon release from the prison. They will be arraigned in courts of law again as soon as investigations are done,” he added.
He concluded by saying that the police would urges the general public, especially those who lost their licence plates to visit any of the police station in the above areas to identify their licence plates.