Five suspected robbers are in custody at Kakumiro Central Police Station.
The suspects have been identified as Moses Bright Rutaaba, a resident of Lwebikyoli village in Rakai district, Patrick Nuwamanya, Ssengamana alias Ssenga, Andrew Matale alias Kakati, all residents of Kakumiro district and their ring leader only identified as Lusiba, from Mubende district.
The suspects were arrested during an intelligence-led operation conducted between Sunday and Monday, targeting criminals who have been terrorizing residents in the districts of Kakumiro, Kibaale, Kagadi, Kyankwanzi and Mubende.
The Albertine Region Police Spokesperson Julius Hakiza says that the suspects would raid homes and hold residents at gunpoint before robbing them of money and other items. He says that the same suspects would sometimes waylay vehicles heading to various destinations in the region robbing the cars and the occupants of their valuables.
Hakiza stated that after robbing cars and other items, the suspects liaised with their counterparts in Masaka, Kampala, Jinja and Mukono to sell the items. Hakiza says that once investigations are complete, the suspected robbers will be arraigned before the court to be charged accordingly.
The arrest and detention of the five suspects bring to nine, the total number of suspected robbers arrested in the region in a space of one week. This follows the arrest and detention of four other suspected car robbers who were arrested in Kakumiro a week ago.
The arrested suspected car robbers were identified as Samuel Mukisa alias Big Spender, Asuman Sempiira, Denis Barigye alias Kawalata and John Justus Turinawe.
They were all arrested from Igayaza Town Council in Kakumiro during an intelligence-led operation conducted by the police, Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF and Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and found with a stolen vehicle registration number UAW 045P and a motorcycle cycle registration number UEF 711J.