Police in Kampala has arrested a man in connection with vandalism and stealing from motor vehicles.
Following public outcry about the rampant theft of car parts in Kampala by thugs targeting motorists in traffic jam especially in areas of Clock tower, UBC Roundabout, Buganda Road, the CCTV Team at National Command and Command and Control Centre (NCCC) Naguru has again assisted the investigators in locating and netting down the leader of the vandalism gang.
The deputy Spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan Police, Luke Owoyesigyire said that police had received several reports of vandalism from motorists especially those in traffic jam and those that oftenly parked in the city yet these stolen parts are expensive.
He said the CCTV team had resolved to review all these isolated cases of vandalism and come up with a common security solution to this vice.
With the help of CCTV cameras, the investigators were able to identify the registration number of the motorcycle used by the suspects.
A team of officers successfully arrested one Ssebuuma Anthony and impounded a motorcycle registration number UEZ267P Bajaj Boxer Red in color that was used in committing the crime.
The suspects were monitored disguising themselves using a bodaboda as they timed their prey and later seen fleeing the scene heading to areas of Kiseka Market.
Sebuuma narrated to the officers how he came from Mbalala – Mukono in February 2022 to receive medication from Butabika where he met his colleague called Matthew who recruited him into the vandalism business. He then agreed to be recruited into this theft venture for quick gain.
He confessed to stealing the first vehicle grille from a Toyota Fielder in Kitintale.
Their next mission he recalls was from a Mercedes Benz in early April 2022 at Bugolobi until he was netted after vandalizing a Toyota Harrier along Kampala Road. When questioned about the whereabouts of his colleague, he told the officers that he had lost touch with him because of money sharing issues. He further told officers that he oftenly sells the stolen parts to a middleman who has no physical address at a price of 300,000 per vehicle per grille.
The suspect is currently detained at CPS Kampala pending court.