Police in Lubowa on Tuesday arrested two suspects who have been stealing vehicle number plates.
The suspects identified as Natamba Brian and Katushabe Saul have been stealing registration plates in areas of Lubowa, Zzana, Bunamwaya, Katale, Bukwenda, Seguku and Nalumunye.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire said the operation followed complaints to police from the affected communities.
“After plucking off the car licence plates, the suspects would leave their mobile phone contacts on the vandalised car, which the victims were expected to call for details about the whereabouts of their motor vehicle plates,” Owoyesigyire said on Tuesday.
” When the victims call the suspects’ mobile phone number, the receiver tell them to send them money first before they reveal to them where they hid the licence plates.Police tracked down the suspects using the new technology acquired to fight crime.”
The suspects were arrested from areas of Seguku and Namasuba before leading police to where they hid the licence plates.
” At least 46 different number plates were recovered. Verification of the owners of the licence plates is ongoing.Our crime database show that the duo were arrested before on the similar offence of stealing from motor vehicles and remanded to prison.
” They started from where they stopped upon release from the prison. They will be arraigned in courts of law again as soon as investigations are done.We would like to urge the general public, especially those who lost their licence plates to visit our police station to identify their licence plates,”Owoyesigyire added.
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