It all started when Kololo residents working out in the evening or early morning hours complained of a woman who was grabbing their phones. The suspect could sometimes disguise as a jogger when her actual mission is targeting her unsuspecting joggers.
two months of hunting, crime intelligence on Sunday arrested one, Anisha
Arinaitwe, an alleged habitual phone snatcher targeting Kololo residents.
Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed that Arinaitwe
28, was arrested at Bakuli, Namirembe Parish, Rubaga Division.
It all started
when Kololo residents working out in the evening or early morning hours
complained of a woman who was grabbing their phones. The suspect could sometimes
disguise as a jogger when her actual mission is targeting her unsuspecting joggers.
One of the
victims, Rosette Atuhaire, filed a case on January 4, 2020 that her phone a
Nokia Asha has been stolen by a female she met along Kololo Airstrip. Atuhairwe
is a Marketing officer at Fresh Diary and a resident of Nyonyi Gardens.
walking a few metres from my home and an anonymous woman snatched my phone. I think
she had been trailing me without knowing,” Atuhaire reportedly said in her
statement at Kololo Airstrip Police Station.
started a search and upon checking records, it was noticed other people had
fallen victim of anonymous female thief. Kololo police with the help of Closed Circuit
Television – CCTV cameras erected at some residences in Kololo and started reviewing various
also alerted crime intelligence that started tracking phones stolen from
residents. Crime intelligence later tracked
Atuhaire’s phone and found it with two teenagers.
the teenagers as Eric Sengoba 16, and Andrew Sserwadda 18. Upon interrogation,
Sengoba and Sserwadda revealed that they had bought the phone from Arinaitwe and
they knew her home.
said police with the help of the teenage suspects successfully reached Arinaitwe’s
home and she was arrested. Police picked other stolen phones and several Sim
Card exhibits suspected to have been in the numerous stolen phones.
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Milly Nalubega, 25, upon learning that some phones had been recovered, she also
lodged a complaint at Kololo police. Indeed, among the recovered phones,
according to Owoyesigyire, belongs to Nalubega.
Kampala Central Police Station – CPS records indicate Arinaitwe had previously
been arrested, charged and bailed in court. Even now she was out of prison on
court bail. Arinaitwe has told police that she works with one Medi, a resident of
Kisenyi who is still at large.