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Police Arrests Notorious Car Thief In Investigation

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations CID this week arrested a man suspected to belong to an organized criminal gang in the country.

The suspect in custody is said to be a member of a notorious rackets operating in Kampala.

He is identified as  Jamada Kasibante, a resident of Kiboga district.

According to police, the investigation was sparked off by a report from a businessman in  Packwach who reportedly filed a case in which he claimed to have bought a suspected stolen motor vehicle.

The businessman identified as Denis Pyem reported to police that he had bought a truck registration number UBB 986F from Jamada at Shs 39 million.

However, after payment the same truck was being claimed by other people who also claimed to have bought it from Jamada Kasibante.

Last week, police said that it apprehended the suspect from Packwach town as he was tracked down while negotiating a sale of the same truck to other people.

The Commissioner of General Crimes Department in the CID, CP Francis Olugu told chimp corps that the same vehicle was reported stolen 11 months ago at Katwe police division in Kampala.

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He said that the vehicle was impounded and the suspect was transferred From Pakwach to Katwe police division for further interrogation.

“The act portrays the element of organized gangs that we need to crack down by finding out how they have been operating,” said police.

Police said that the investigation is part of the ongoing crackdown into car theft rackets that operates along the porous Uganda-DRC border in the West Nile region.

According to the 2018 Crime Report, a total of 1200 cases of theft of motor vehicles were reported to police countrywide.

Kampala metropolitan especially registered the highest number of cases compared to other parts of the country.

Police said that most of the stolen vehicles are sold across the border like Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

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