Three people have been arrested in connection with stealing four vehicles and a motorcycle in Bunyoro sub-region.
ASP Julius Allan Hakiza, the Albertine regional police spokesperson, identifies the suspects as Allan Kihumuro (21), resident of Kiryateete at the periphery of Hoima town, Musa Mwanika (30), a resident of Kisiita village in Kakumiro district and Moses Tugume (25), a resident of Kamusunsi village in Kizirafumbi sub – county, Kikuube district.
Mr Hakiza told our reporter today (Sunday) that the trio was arrested from different operations conducted on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Hoima, Kakumiro and Kasanda districts last week.
On arrest, the suspects led police Flying Squad operatives attached to the Albertine region police headquarters to where they had hidden the four vehicles and one motorcycle that they had stolen.
The police officer said that the recovered vehicles include a Corona Reg. No. UAF 197P, a Premio Reg. No. UAK 765J, a Canter Reg. No. UAT 502N and a Corona Reg. No. UAM 911P.
Also recovered was a Bajaj motorcycle Reg. No. UEL 776P. These are currently parked at Hoima central police station yard.
The police mouthpiece said that the vehicles were stolen from Hoima, Masindi, Kagadi and Kakumiro districts between March and June this year.
He added that one of the stolen vehicles and a motorcycle were found hidden in Kasanda district while three vehicles were recovered from Hoima.
The recoveries followed the suspect’s arrest, interrogation and detention.
Mr Hakiza disclosed that the robbers had been terrorising car owners in Hoima, Masindi, Kibaale, Kakumiro, Kasanda and Mityana districts adding that after stealing the vehicles, they would connive with their counterparts in Masaka, Mbale, Arua and Kampala to sell them.
The police officer said that the suspects who are currently detained at Hoima central police station were arrested following intelligence reports.
He said upon interrogation, the suspects admitted that that they had been stealing motor vehicles and motorcycles for the last three years in the Albertine region.
Mr Hakiza said that police will arraign the suspects before the magistrate to answer charges of robbery and theft of motor vehicles once investigations are complete.