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Police arrest two suspects behind Mukono supermarket robbery

Enanga confirmed the arrest of the suspects whom he identified as Mugalu William, 24, and Mbogo Sam, 23, both residents of Nasuuti cell, Ntawo ward, Mukono municipality.

A screen grab of CCTV Footage shows two men armed with guns robbing Spice supermarket in Mukono on Friday Evening June 24, 2022 (Photo/Courtesy)

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Police in Mukono together with the Flying Squad Unit have in custody two suspects arrested on allegations of the aggravated robbery incident that happened at Spice Supermarket in Mukono Municipality over the weekend.

While addressing the media on Monday, June 27, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed the arrest of the suspects whom he identified as Mugalu William, 24, and Mbogo Sam, 23, both residents of Nasuuti cell, Ntawo ward, Mukono municipality.

According to Enanga; “the two suspects were sighted on the eve of the robbery while drinking at Cloud 9 bar, near the supermarket were clearly identified by one of the witnesses who clearly saw them escaping from the scene.”

Enanga explained that although the suspects have been arrested, police is now hunting for the gun used in the robbery which he emphasized that efforts were underway to recover it as well as identify other members of this criminal gang.

“We are now working towards the recovery of the gun and identifying other members of the gang, who appear to be an amateur group. They shot a bullet through the computer, which injured Ssekandi Irene, through the stomach and exited from the back,” said Enanga.

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The police mouthpiece also pointed out that this criminal group appears to be more of an amateur group because of the panic and violence they used to release the bullets.

”Although attacks on supermarkets have not been so regular, we anticipate more retail crimes on supermarkets, mobile money points, retail shops, markets, etc, which continue to be at risk, due to high levels of unemployment among the youth, use of drugs, change in criminal tactics, where robbers attack softer targets with lesser security, such as supermarkets and the opportunity of get-away. Other than guns, knives, machetes, screw drives and other sharp objects are used,” he added.

Police further advised business owners to always connect their security surveillance systems including alarms to the police systems for quick response in case of attacks.

”We also call upon the public to strengthen their neighbourhood watch programs and also boost security measures like connecting their alarms to police stations and deploying a sufficient number of private security guards,” he added.

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