Three detained in Kasangati over stolen vehicle number plates
Luke Owoyesigyire, the spokesperson for the police said Zziwa Herbert was arrested at about 2 am on May 18 after he was caught red-handed stealing number plates from UBJ 313J Toyota Hiace. FILE PHOTO

In Kasangati, police are holding up to three suspects for allegedly stealing vehicle number plates.

Police in Kasangati is holding up to three suspects on allegations of theft of vehicle number plates.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire the police spokesperson, this follows the arrest of Zziwa Herbert on May 18 at about 2 am after he was caught red-handed stealing number plates from a motor vehicle UBJ 313J Toyota Hiace.

Owoyesigyire said the suspect was interrogated after which he later revealed his accomplices identified as Musisi Bosco, 26 and Gizamba Muhamad, 24, both residents of Busiika trading centre.

“Today 19th May 2022, the two suspects were arrested from Busiika and a search has been conducted in their respective homes where several items of evidence were recovered.”

Owoyesigyire said items suspected to have been stolen including sim cards, mobile phones and boxes with telephone contacts were recovered.

“The duo also led Police to various places within Busukuma sub county and Gayaza where various stolen number plates were recovered,” the police spokesman said.

“They are currently detained at Kasangati Police station. The case file will be submitted to the Resident State Attorney tomorrow for advice,” he added.

Owoyesigyire however, called on members of the public whose number plates appear in the pictures below to contact Kasangati Police for further action.

This comes at a time when the police released its Annual Crime Report for 2021 indicating that there was a 0.1% increase in the volume of crimes cases from 195,931 cases reported in the year 2020 to 196,081 cases in 2021.

While presenting the report, the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola said the crime trends were greatly influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and the subsequent opening of all sectors of the economy. 

“In our 2020 Annual Crime Report, we identified some of the challenges, strategies and recommendations that the Uganda Police Force was to adopt in fighting crime. In this 2021 Annual Crime Report, we account for the progress the Institution made in fulfilling the task and again, set out a new Crime Plan, including how we are to tackle the key priorities.”

“Generally, in the year 2021, there was a 0.1% increase in the volume of crimes reported to Police from 195,931 cases reported in the year 2020 to 196,081 cases in 2021. The details on management and performance, Crime distribution, status and gravity of the reported cases are all discussed in the Report,” Ochola said.