Police in Mbarara has started an operation against number plate theft. Three suspects have been arrested with hundreds of number plates they plucked off vehicles around Mbarara town.
Rwizi region police spokesperson Samson Kasasira, who confirmed the arrests, said there has been rampant theft of number plates in Mbarara as each suspect has over 100 number plates on his name.
"We have had rampant cases of number plate thefts and fortunately we have been able to arrest a number of suspects behind this crime. Among the three suspects we have, each suspect to his name he has over a hundred numbers that they have stolen," Mr Kasasira said.
He added that some of the number plates are stolen from parking lots that do not have security guards while some are stolen from homes at night.
"They work in rackets and the bigger team is outside there," Mr Kasasira said.
He said police has also obtained telephone lines the suspects have been using to collect money from the victims and appealed to members of the public have been conned in the same way to bring evidence to police.
"We only have three suspects and the lines they have been using to obtain money. We request that whoever that have been affected by these numbers 0706003109, 0755070971, 0755726492 and 0750917808 either in Mbarara or you have been a passerby going to Kabale and you have lost your number plate, or you have been coming from Kampala to tour areas of Mbarara and you have lost your number plate but paid money to get it back, you can help us in the prosecution of these suspects and also help recover other number plates," Mr Kasasira said.
The three suspects were identified as Nasasira Arnold (26), Rashid Sseruwada (18) and Kanyesigye Suwedi (18). They are all residents of Katete Mbarara municipality. Nasasira was shot in the heel when he attempted to grab a steering wheel of the police vehicle as they approached Katete Bridge. The bridge crossing river Rwizi links Lugazi to Katete ward in Mbarara Municipality.
Credit: Daily Monitor