The Police Flying Squad Units in Masaka and Mukono have arrested three suspects and recovered several stolen vehicles in a recent operation against car theft. The crackdown, carried out on January 10, resulted in the apprehension of individuals involved in vehicle theft activities.
In Masaka, police officers from Bukoto Police acted swiftly during a burial ceremony in Butale village on January 3, 2024. They noticed three suspects targeting parked motor vehicles at the event. The officers arrested Lukyamuzi Faruku, a 28-year-old land broker from Kyengera town council in Wakiso. The suspects were found in possession of several stolen number plates, and a grey Toyota Premio under registration number UAK762T with breaking implements was impounded.
In another incident in Masaka on January 5, the Flying Squad Unit pursued suspected thugs surveilling in a vehicle with a fake number plate (UBM 858N). The team successfully halted the vehicle near Total Petrol Station along Masaka-Kyotera road, arresting one suspect, Ddamulira Edward. The suspect confessed to using master keys to rob valuables from vehicles parked in busy places, hotels, markets, and road sides within greater Kampala and other cities.
In Mukono District, the Flying Squad arrested John alias Katiginyi, a notorious car robber, from Namubiru village, Nama sub county. The suspect was involved in selling a suspected stolen motor vehicle (registration number UBE 973W Canter, white in color). The operation also led to the recovery of another stolen vehicle (registration number UBB 071U), a motorcycle (registration number UFL 975H), and a Toyota Premio Super with a fake number plate (UAW 025L).
The police revealed that the suspects alter the stolen vehicles’ chassis number, color, and number plate after the theft. The Flying Squad operation is ongoing, and additional suspects are wanted, including individuals in Iganga and Kampala who have been buying stolen motor vehicles from the criminal racket.