NTINDA, KAMPALA: Police in Ntinda has confirmed the arrest of a 25 year old man who is said to be one of the most notorious car number plate thieves in the area.
The suspect, identified as Farouk Matovu is a resident of Nakawa area in Kampala City.
According to Ntinda Police, Matovu was arrested from Nakawa near Total after being trailed for a long period of time by a team of officers.
“During his interrogation, Matovu told the officers of how he has been stealing many number plates from areas of Ntinda, Kiwatule, Kulambiro, Naguru and surroundings areas,” said KMP deputy spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire.
Matovu alleged that he moves at night, around midnight, plucking off vehicle number plates and leaving behind a paper on the front screen of the car stating the telephone number to reach him on if one wants to get back their number plate.
Whenever the victims call the number, they are instructed to send money to that number and then he directs the victim where he hid the number plate.
It has been revealed that Matovu hides the number plates in either the nearby bush, buries them in nearby gardens or in heaped rubbish near the victim’s residence.
“After his arrest, he took us around where he hid the victims’ number plates. About nine number plates have been recovered from Kigoowa, Northern Bypass, Kiwatule and Kulambiro,” said police.
The number plates recovered include; UBA 670Q, UAT 783Y, UAW 379Y, UAR 859K, UBB 475N, UAR 261K, UAJ 019P, UAH 907Q and UAR 859K.
Investigations are still ongoing with an aim of recovering more number plates and have the suspect arraigned before courts of law on allegations of theft of number plates.