Kiboga: Police raids on stores selling suspected stolen electrical items, 7 arrested

Kiboga police arrested seven people on suspicion of being involved in the sale of stolen electrical gadgets and transmission wires.

The arrests follow a coordinated raid by the Criminal Intelligence Directorate and the Kiboga and Old Kampala Territorial Units against major metallurgical companies located in the Kayiwa area, which deal with suspected stolen electrical gadgets and transmission wires utilities and utility poles.

Police spokesman Fred Enanga said the search followed complaints of vandalism and sabotage on power lines in Kiboga district.

“Our work teams have established that criminals have scaled power lines and cut transmission lines, stolen surge arresters, polymer insulators, coil insulators and other electrical gadgets, disrupting the life of the city. ‘supply of electricity to Kiboga, “Enanga said in a May 3 statement. .

Enanga said intelligence teams traced the suspects to the Kayiwa area in Rubaga and recovered an assortment of electrical gadgets, metals and cables, worth 3 billion shillings.

“Among those on display, there are 1460 pieces of 50mm bi-metal clamps, 3480 pieces of coil insulators, 840 pieces of polymer insulators, 5646 pieces of 60mm PG clamps, 510 arresters, among others. More than 80 different categories of exhibits have been recovered, ”he revealed.

Some of the suspected stolen gadgets.

He added that so far, 7 suspects have been arrested following the recovery of electrical metals and vandalized electrical cables in 10 stores in Kayiwa area, Rubaga.

Those arrested include; Semaganda Ronald, Matovu Abdul, Musoke Lawrence, Obadiah Matovu, Turyatemba Ashraf, Niwamanya Michael and Mujiri Martin.

“We would like to encourage all companies that deal with scrap metal to rationalize their working methods and to conclude real transactions. The utility company is also expected to adopt broader measures to combat such thefts, such as hardening targets, better protection of cables and equipment, ”Enanga said.

Some of the materials allegedly stolen.

Suspects should be charged with possession of suspected stolen property, malicious damage, theft and related conspiracies.

“Our operations are continuing to identify more suspects,” he added.

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