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Kawempe Police Arrest Motorcycle Theft Ring, Recover Stolen Items


Kawempe Police Arrest Motorcycle Theft Ring, Recover Stolen Items

The Kawempe territorial police have apprehended a group of individuals involved in the theft of motorcycles in Lugoba Village Urban Council, Kawempe Division. The operation was carried out on April 19, 2023, following a tip-off from a reliable source.

“Mayanja Godfrey, who identified himself as a mechanic, was arrested from his residence in Lugoba Village Urban Council, where he had hidden two number plates, UEZ 616M and UEV 832P, two pairs of side mirrors, and two number plate guards,” explains ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, the Deputy PRO KMP. “During his arrest, Mayanja led detectives to Mukunda Charles, who was later arrested with a stolen motorcycle.”

Mukunda Charles confessed to stealing the motorcycle from his boss and led the police to Semakau’s parking yard, where they recovered another stolen motorcycle. Further investigations led the police to Asiimwe Brian, who was found in possession of several stolen items, including four black helmets, 13 sit guards of motorcycle number plates, six side mirrors, two trucking devices, two ignition switches, and one rope of about 7 meters used in their operations.

“Asiimwe led the police to Tamale Vincent, who was also involved in the theft of motorcycles. Tamale led the police to Katongole Reagan, who had stolen a motorcycle from Kikoni Makerere,” Owoyesigyire adds. “Kayemba Elvis, a gatekeeper of a certain house where stolen motorcycles were kept, was also arrested, and the police were able to recover a stolen Bajaji boxer motorcycle.”

It is evident that this group of individuals has been operating within Kawempe, stealing motorcycles and changing number plates to avoid detection. The police suspect that there may be more individuals involved in this criminal activity, and investigations are ongoing. The suspects have been charged and are pending prosecution. However, one Aka Mulugwala and others are still at large, and the police are urging the public to come forward with any information that may lead to their arrest.

The Uganda Police Force commends the public for their cooperation and urges them to continue to report any suspicious activity to the authorities. “We remain committed to ensuring the safety and security of all citizens and will continue to work tirelessly to bring criminals to justice,” says Owoyesigyire.

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