Elisha Z. Bwanika
The police have urged vehicle owners to report to the nearest stations in case they lose their number plates to thieves.
This follows the arrest of three suspected vehicle number plates thieves involved in activities of extorting money from residents of Katooke, Kibwa, Wamala, Nabweru, Lugoba, Kazo Nansana and Kawempe.
“We advise owners to report to the nearest police so that they can be issued with an official document to present in case they stopped by traffic police on their journey, and also use to obtain a replacement plate,” the police say in a statement issued over the weekend.
The suspects have been identified as Kuraish Lubuulwa, 17 years, Ramathan Kabooyo aka Amooti, 22, and Experito Ssengoba,19 years who were arrested with 29 stolen vehicle number plates.
Their arrest comes after numerous complaints from residents about the raising vehicle vandalism and numberplate thefts by unknown suspects who then leave behind their telephone numbers demanding for mobile money before giving back the plates.
After several hours of questioning, the suspects opened up and led police to different locations where they had hid the number plates.
Number plates theft is a form of smart crime that brings in quick cash from the affected victims.
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