Police in the West Nile district of Arua are holding four suspects in connection to cross border vehicle theft. Police identifies the suspects are Julius Byamukama, Isa Musana, Simon Yada and Latif Mugisha.
The suspects were picked by the Police Flying Squad on Saturday. Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Region Police Spokesperson, says they are still hunting for other suspects who are still at large. “They either steal by pretending to be hiring them or steal directly from the owners and drivers,” Angucia explained.
Adding that, “After successfully crossing to DRC with the motor vehicles, it becomes difficult to recover them.” He says the suspects were picked up when they went contracted a Congolese national only identified Samonga to hire a FUSO truck in Iganga purportedly to transport honey.
He says the suspects loaded the truck with honey but on arrival at Arua, Samonga sent Yada and Mugisha to administer chloroform to the FUSO driver and his turn man and cross with the vehicle into DRC. “In the process, the Flying Squad laid a trap and arrested the four,” she said.
According to Angucia, this is not the first time the suspects are stealing a vehicle. She says the suspects stole another vehicle registration number UAP 149Q. Another vehicle, registration number UAY 446L was also stolen on November 10th 2017 from Iganga. The suspects tried to smuggle it into DRC in vain.
Police also recovered the master keys used by suspects, chloroform, motor vehicles and Jerry cans.
The suspects are being held at Arua Central Police Station pending further investigations.