By Kampala Post Reporter
Police in Mukono is holding a 17-year-old boy over stealing motor vehicle number plates.
The suspect identified as Enock Kyakonye Ssentamu was arrested over the weekend following numerous complaints registered.
“He revealed to the police officers that he has been targeting owners with the latest vehicle models and new number plates. He would sneak into the gates of all types, pluck off the number plates and leave behind a phone contact,” says a statement from Police.
This phone contact has been acting as a medium for receiving money ripped out off the stolen number plates at a fee between Shs50,000 and Shs200,000.
"Once my demands are met, I direct the vehicle owner to a place where he or she can get back the plates," said Ssentamu (suspect).
Mukono District Police Commander, SP. Rogers Seguya has confirmed the arrest and recovering over 50 number plates from areas of Kyetume, Namuyenje, Sonde, Seeta and Nasuuti.
"We are very happy with how members of the public are working with us to deal with crime and we hope this will continue," SP. Seguya said.
Kampala Metropolitan Police has seen multiple number plate theft offences, mostly being committed in the darker hours and with vehicles’ parked on the road, as opposed to being tucked away in driveways, garages and yards.