Following recent murder reports of various taxi and special hire drivers coupled with the theft of their vehicles, the police Flying Squad swung into action, recovering 21 vehicles that are believed to have been stolen.
Police Spokesman Fred Enanga said of those recovered 15 are commuter taxis while six are small vehicles used for special hire.
“We have recovered some of the vehicles and we have twenty four suspects in custody,” Mr. Enanga said adding that a network of hardcore criminals responsible for stealing cars after murdering their drivers had been broken.
“We have 12 of these hardcore criminals whose group constitutes of 15 people, two are on the run, we also have 12 buyers of these stolen cars and they are going to help us with our investigations,” the police spokesman added.
He also disclosed that seven cases of murder were reported to police and that five bodies have so far been found with only two of them identified as Isaac Tulugende and Isaac Kalanzi, who were both taxi drivers.
Mr Enanga also said that the thieves fake number plates and change the engine number to conceal evidence of real ownership.
‘’We have asked URA to verify the numbers of these vehicles and find out whether they exist or not,” said Mr.Enanga, before advising claimants to check with the Flying Squad headquarters at Central Police Station in Kampala.