CRIME | At least 20 stolen vehicles have been recovered in a police operation in parts of eastern Uganda.
Police say they also arrested 16 suspects and recovered two motorcycles during the operation it carried out in phases in Iganga, Mbale and other parts of eastern this month.
Police said the operations followed intelligence information about suspected stolen motor vehicles from different parts of the country whose identities were being changed before they are taken to Kenya via Mbale and Busia.
“In Mbale town, the operation team managed to recover six suspected stolen vehicles and four suspects netted in connection to motor vehicle theft,” Police said in a statement.
On November 8, police recovered three vehicles in Iganga, four in Mbale and took into custody four suspects.
However, realising that there was a syndicate of the crime, Police mounted an operation in Kampala during which eight vehicles were recovered. Eight suspects were also arrested.
“A similar operation was carried out in Luwero were we managed to arrest two suspects,’ Police said in the statement in which all the 16 suspects are identified.
“Efforts are being made to ascertain the particulars of the registered owners of the recovered vehicles, tracing where the jurisdiction of the offences were committed, before handing them over to respective stations for further management,” the statement added.
Recovered vehicles and motorcycles
Mark II Grade white in color numberless, chassis No. GX115-6000765 ENG. No. IG-FE1988 but already tampered with.
RV4 white in color numberless, chassis No. SXAII-061735 ENG. No. 35-FE1998
Toyota Vitz Reg. No. UAR 818S pink in color, chassis No. and Eng No. removed and can’t be read
Noah Reg. No. UAU 040K black in color
Premio reg. No. UAL 374V Silver in color
Pajero Reg. No. UAQ 582V White in color
Toyota G-Touring UAH 600M silver grey
Toyota Corona Reg. No. UAH 615Q black in color
Ipsum Reg. No. UAQ 548F silver grey
Nissan van Reg. No. UAN 818Y white in color
RAv4 Reg. No. UAJ 645J black in color
Toyota Corona Reg. No. UAF 410S dark green in color (handed over at Budaka Police Station for safe custody)
Spacio Reg. No. UAM 055J blue in color
Harrier Kawuno Reg. No. UBB 519Z white in color
Subaru Reg. No. UBA 843P silver in color
Rav4 Reg. No. UAN 636Q silver in color
Toyota Wish Reg. No. UBA 045E silver in color
Toyota Premio Reg. No. UAX 855B silver in color
Toyota corona UAN 901V dark green in color
Toyota corona UAL 607K dark green in color
Toyota premio Reg. No. UAT 538Z silver grey in color
Motorcycle Reg. No. UDQ 459T DT white In color and UDF 977J Kinetic white in color