By Twesigye Aggrey
in Mbarara city—–
The suspects include a student at Bishop Stuart University (BSU) identified as Conrad Mwiine 24 years a resident of Rubiri cell in Nyamityobora ward.The other are Geoffrey Muhwezi 27 a resident of Rwentondo cell , Vincent Mwebesa 25 a resident of Rwentondo cell , and Bright Atwijukire 22 a resident of Koranorya in Mbarara city.
According to SP Samson Kasasira the Rwizi Regional Police Spokesperson, the arrest of the suspects follows several cases of theft of vehicle number plates that were recorded at Mbarara central police station and Ruti Police Station.
When the thieves steal the number plates, they leave a note on the car with a telephone number and instructions to the owner to deposit a given amount of money if they want to repossess them.
Kasasira revealed that the operation led to the recovery of thirteen number plates which include;UBD082J,UBH988P,CGO8317AF19,UAU 842E,UAF228S,UAN827K,UAY087H,UAT786Y,UBK141J,UAQ334S,UBG172G,UBN036Z and UBH506J.
The suspects indiscriminately target members of the public.
On several occasions, the racket has been busted and members arrested but have resumed their activities on release from prison.
The Police mouthpiece confirmed the six suspects had earlier been arrested, and remanded to Mbarara Main prison.