Crime & Investigation

Police Bust Car Robber Racket

Police in Kampala together with their counterparts from Pallisa district have arrested 3 men suspected to be part of a big racket of car robbers.

Paul Ssejjengo(25) a hawker in Kamwokya, look Geoffrey Kabuye (23) and Jowali Sowali(27) were arrested in Pallisa reportedly on their way to Kenya after robbing a Mercedes Benz from Kyaliwajjala in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

According to Brian Byamukama a resident of Kyaliwajjala in Wakiso district, the vehicle was robbed from his gate as he returned from work at around 4:30 am on Wednesday.

“When I returned home, I parked in front of the gate, moved out so I could open for myself. After opening the gate, I returned to realize that someone was taking off with my vehicle,” Byamukama narrated.

“When I tried to intervene, someone in the driver’s seat asked if I had enough money so we could negotiate but before I could answer, he had driven off at a terrific speed.”

Byamukama told journalists that while puzzled and not knowing what to do next; he made an alarm that awakened his neighbors and informed them what had happened.

“One of them had the number for  Kira road police DPC Michael Kasigire’s number  and we called him immediately.”

Police Intervenes


According to DPC Kasigire, while doing his routine patrol, he received a call from one person reporting robbery of his vehicle.

“The first question I asked him was whether it had a tracking system to which he answered in affirmative .We then started looking for  the vehicle using the system,” Kasigire told journalists.

In what seemed like a thriller movie, the policeman narrated how the vehicle moved at a terrific speed that in only 3 hours it had reached Pallisa where it was found and the occupants arrested.

“We started monitoring the vehicle using the tracking system but we were surprised by the speed it was moving. At first it was at Namboole and the next minute it had reached Mbalala in Mukono.”

“I then decided to call the DPCs in Mbale, Kibuku and Bugiri who mounted roadblocks in a bid to be able to net the robbers. At around 8:30 am we got a call that the vehicle had been recovered and the suspects arrested,” Kira road police DPC Michael Kasigire told journalists.

Kayihura  Applauds His Men

The Inspector General of Police  Gen. Kale Kayihura was full of praises for his men especially the Kira road DPC Kasigire and his counterparts in Mbale,Bugiri and Kibuku for helping recover the stolen vehicle on top of arresting the suspects.

“I applaud the DPCs for coordinating, moving swiftly to recover the vehicle. They were alert and swiftly responded to the call from the victim which is a sign of seriousness and hard work from my men,” Kayihura said on Wednesday afternoon.

“There is no better Eid day gift than this. I am happy they were able to recover the vehicle in less than 3 hours across the country.”

The police boss said that the 3 were part of the racket targeting vehicles and later selling them in neighboring countries like DRC, Kenya and Tanzania .

Gen. Kayihura said he had received reports of car thefts in Mbarara and Kampala areas adding that most of these are sold in neighboring countries or even dismantled and sold in form of spare parts in Kampala.

“We have written to Tanzania through Interpol so they can return over 50 vehicles stolen from Uganda. It is a big racket but we have been able to deal with them and robberies have now reduced.”

He added,” If we were able to deal with terrorism, why not organized crimes! Since 2010, terrorists have tried to hit us a number of times but we have always repulsed them. It is an indicator we can deal with any  other kinds of crimes.”

The police boss urged the public to make use of tracking systems by installing them in their vehicles to help in case of theft.






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