Crime

VIDEO: How CCTV footage helped police arrest notorious phone snatchers in Kampala

Kampala, (UG): The Police at Wandegeya Division in Kampala have arrested seven suspects in a crackdown on notorious phone snatchers from motorists along streets and roads in Kampala, the country’s capital.

ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, the Deputy Police Spokesperson, Kampala Metropolitan said some of the suspects were arrested after being captured in the act by CCTV cameras while snatching phones from unsuspecting motorists following increasing concerns raised by the public.

“In response to escalating concerns voiced by the public regarding the surge in phone snatching incidents within Lower Nsooba, Upper Nsooba, UEB, Kagugube, and surrounding areas, the Wandegeya Police have undertaken a series of targeted operations against criminal gangs operating in these regions,” Mr Owoyesigyire stated on Monday.

“As a result, seven suspects have been apprehended, with some captured in the act by CCTV cameras while snatching phones from unsuspecting motorists,” he added.

Notable among the arrested include; Ogema Rickson alias Ricky, operating around Shell Mulago and Mawanda, Kakooza Mike alias Aidari (16 years old), Kigozi Marvin (22 years old), Ssekyanzi Mark (19 years old), Amanya Bruce (22 years old), and Lukwago Abdu alias Patrol (20 years old).”

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The group, in conjunction with others still at large, has been actively involved in coordinated attacks, snatching and robbing members of the public within Kampala City, and to address this growing concern, Owoyesigyire said police have committed to ongoing operations targeting such criminal activities.

“Additionally, permanent deployments will be established in areas significantly affected by these groups to enhance public safety. We appreciate the collaboration of the community in providing crucial information that has facilitated these arrests,” said Mr Owoyesigyire.

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“The suspects have been charged with aggravated robbery, produced before the courts of law, and subsequently remanded,” he concluded.



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