dosage http://conforms.com/wp-admin/includes/template.php sans-serif; color: #222222;”>According to Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the Police Commander Kampala Metropolitan, five people have been arrested from a big racket of young men who have master keys, and visit places of worship, drinking points, washing bays where they monitor owners and afterwards steal their cars.
“They take them to their fenced homes and start changing particulars like the chassis number and number plates. Each of them has his area of specialisation, some are assigned the engine area, others work on number plates, whereas others change the car body.”
Kaweesi adds that they have an interest in old cars like Toyota Corona, Primo, Toyota Corolla, Prado Tx because these old cars are easier to fix with master keys.
“The group consists of boys who grew up in garages as spanner boys, so they have some knowledge of mechanics.”
“They sell them cheaply at a fee ranging from Shs 2m to Shs 4m each, because they are just stolen,” Kaweesi said as he addressed journalists today at Central Police Station in Kampala.
He further said that vehicles like the Prado Tx are sold in the neighbouring Congo, Tanzania, Burundi and South Sudan.
How they were arrested
Police got a call from one of the people they had sold such a vehicle with a gun inside it.
The person who sold the stolen car to the man did not know that the car belonged to a police officer.
The car was stolen from Fort portal as the officer had parked it in Fort portal town.
On receiving the call, Police’s Flying Squad in Command of Commissioner Herman Owomugisha, started to hunt down the group and after a successful two weeks, they arrested the five who are now currently undergoing interrogation at Central Police Station.
The suspects have been identified as Latif Kigere, Hamid Kalyango, Hussein Kiseka, Kenneth Ssezooba and Abusa Choma, from Congo.
Kaweesi warns the public to be extra careful on who and where they leave their vehicles, because preliminarily investigations show that, keys are duplicated and these gangs connive with boys who work at washing bays and those in some car parks.
He called upon whoever may have lost his car to cross check at C.P.S.