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Crime & Investigation

Police Raids City Garages, Impounds 100 Suspected Stolen Motorcycles

Police officers loading the impounded motorcycles on a truck.
Police officers loading the impounded motorcycles on a truck.

Police has Friday morning raided spare parts shops and garages in Katwe, a Kampala suburb, recovering over 100 motorcycles suspected to have been stolen.

The operation commanded by Kampala South RPC Siraje Bakaleke together with Katwe and Kabalagala DPCs led to the arrest of over 20 people.

According to Bakaleke, the operation followed intelligence information that the shops and garages are home to most of the stolen motorcycles from Kampala and the surrounding areas.

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Some of the recovered spare parts.

Some of the recovered spare parts.

“Most of the motorcycles and spare parts we found in the shops have no identification documents which we suspect could have been stolen,” Bakaleke said.

“Some of garages were found selling spare parts yet the owners had no clear explanation on them which raised our suspicion.”

One of the suspects arrested.

One of the suspects arrested.

The police boss says when motorcycles are stolen from various parts of the city, they are transported to garages, dismantled and spare parts sold in various shops around the city.

 “Locals should be vigilant on the new motorcycles brought in these garages for dismantling without proper identification documents,” Bakaleke urged.

The area leaders supported the operation adding that on many occasions the garages and spare part shops are home to criminals who disguise as mechanics.

A spare parts shop cordoned off by police.

A spare parts shop cordoned off by police.

Bakaleke warned that the operation would continue to various areas of the city.

The raid followed the increasing number of riders killed and their motorcycles stolen by thugs especially during night.

The recent incident involved a vehicle that hit a rider before his motorcycle was taken.

 

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