Four Arrested in Arua Car Theft

By APN Reporter

Arua

Police in Arua district are holding four suspects in connection with cross border car theft.

The suspects include: Julius Byamukama (24), Isa Musana (17), Simon Yada (48) and Latif Mugisha (32) and are being held at Arua Central Police Station.

The suspects were picked by the police’s Flying Squad unit on Saturday.

According to the area Regional Police spokesperson, Josephine Angucia, many of such suspects are still at large and that they have been involved in stealing cars from Uganda and trading them in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC.

“They either steal by pretending to be hiring them or steal directly from the owners and drivers,” Angucia explained, ”

It is alleged that a one Samonga in the DRC sent Byamukama, Musana and others still at large to go and hire a FUSO lorry in Iganga with a claim of transporting honey from DRC.

It was loaded but on reaching Arua, Samonga reportedly sent Yada and Mugisha to go and intoxicated the driver with a chemical that left him unconscious and were arrested as they planned to take off.

Another vehicle, registration number UAY 446L was on 10/11/2017 stolen from Iganga but the suspects attempt to smuggle it to the DRC was foiled.

The Police also recovered master keys, break equipment, chloroform, motor vehicles and Jerry cans.

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