Video: Police net notorious phone snatchers in Wandegeya

15 Jan 2024

KAMPALA: The police have arrested several phone snatchers who have been terrorizing passengers and other motorists in areas of Wandegeya.

Luke Owoyesigyire, the KMP deputy spokesperson, said they were aided by CCTV cameras to identify, locate and arrests the thugs.

Below is the police’s full statement:

In response to escalating concerns voiced by the public regarding the surge in phone snatching incidents within Lower Nsooba, Upper Nsooba, UEB, Kagugube, and surrounding areas, the Wandegeya Police have undertaken a series of targeted operations against criminal gangs operating in these regions.

As a result, seven suspects have been apprehended, with some captured in the act by CCTV cameras while snatching phones from unsuspecting motorists. Notable among those arrested are Ogema Rickson alias Ricky, operating around Shell Mulago and Mawanda, Kakooza Mike alias Aidari (16 years old), Kigozi Marvin (22 years old), Ssekyanzi Mark (19 years old), Amanya Bruce (22 years old), and Lukwago Abdu alias Patrol (20 years old).

This group, in conjunction with others still at large, has been actively involved in coordinated attacks , snatching and robbing members of the public within Kampala City. The suspects have been charged with aggravated robbery, produced before the courts of law, and subsequently remanded.

To address this growing concern, the Police have committed to ongoing operations targeting such criminal activities. Additionally, permanent deployments will be established in areas significantly affected by these groups to enhance public safety.

We appreciate the collaboration of the community in providing crucial information that has facilitated these arrests.

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