Boda boda man arrested for trailing, robbing motorists

The police also blame crimes of such nature on the latest technology that makes it easier for the law breakers to carry out their missions at drive ways and parking lots at night. 

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CP Fred Enanga. PHOTO/FILE/TWITTER.

Police in Kampala has arrested and detained a boda boda rider identified as Mawazi Jimmy over robbery allegations.

Currently detained at Kira Division station, Mawazi was fished out by the Territorial police in conjunction with the CCTV Command Centre.

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According to Fred Enanga the Police spokesperson, while riding motorcycle registration number UFG 326 Z, the suspect was captured at various CCTV zones, actively surveiling unsuspecting clients from banks, up to the stage where they park their vehicles, to either go shopping, or make stop overs, for lunch or drinks.

“The suspect would constantly alert his accomplices with vehicle intrusion devices in a motor vehicle who would immediately come into contact with the targeted vehicle, break-in and rob the cash and other valuables,” Enanga said.

Enanga noted that the suspects were using two vehicles, a Toyota spacio and Toyota wish to rob their targets.

In one of the cases still under investigation, police said suspects trailed a female victim from KCB bank, at Lugogo Shopping Mall, until when she made a stop over at a supermarket in Sonde. “As soon as she entered the supermarket, her motor vehicle was broken into and cash totaling 50m robbed,” Enanga said.

He said the force has had over 20 similar reports of car break-ins, reported within the KMP area, where the suspects’ car is parked next to the targeted car.

The police also blame crimes of such nature on the latest technology that makes it easier for the law breakers to carry out their missions at drive ways and parking lots at night. 
“The perpetrators  use electronic devices, typically used by mechanics to reprogram the factory settings and also disconnect the alarms, from below the dashboard. This enables them to strip the vehicle, of its spare parts and electronic gadgets,” Mr Enanga revealed.

Mr Fred Enanga said their joint task teams will like always, remain active and aggressive in its efforts to combat car break -ins.

As the security forces continue to hunt for more suspects of the gang, Enanga had a piece of advice to offer;
“–we encourage all managers of financial intuitions, supermarkets, other business premises, to adopt real time monitoring mechanisms, in their parking slots and CCTV monitoring rooms.”

“In addition, posting signs indicating that the car is under surveillance and alerting car owners about theft problems and other risk factors is very crucial in countering such thefts,” he said.

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