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Six Suspected Thugs Arrested After Breaking Into 21 Shops in Kitgum Municipality

The youthful male suspects are reported to be part of the youth gangs who are alleged to have broken into 21 shops and an office in Owino market and Kitgum Main Bus park respectively. The thugs made off with several items valued in millions of shillings during the break-in.
One of the garment and tailoring shops raided by unknown thugs on Thursday morning in Kitgum Municipality.
The Police have arrested six suspected thugs over allegations of breaking into several shops in Central Division, Kitgum Municipality in the wee hours of Thursday.

The youthful male suspects are reported to be part of the youth gangs who are alleged to have broken into 21 shops and an office in Owino market and Kitgum Main Bus park respectively. The thugs made off with several items valued in millions of shillings during the break-in.

Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech told Uganda Radio Network on Saturday that the suspects were rounded up from several hideouts in an operation conducted by police and his office within Kitgum Municipality. Komakech says several goods were also recovered from the suspect's hideouts, and from businessmen and homes of local leaders. He however didn’t disclose the local leaders saying the matter was still under investigation.

Komakech notes that security is still hunting for others still at large adding that those already arrested have disclosed relevant information that will assist them in tracking down their accomplices. “We already have a good lead on the remaining suspects following revelations from their colleagues,” Says Komakech.

He says the suspects are currently detained at Kitgum Central Police station undergoing interrogation. Komakech called on businessmen whose shops were broken in to turn at the Police station to recover their stolen goods.

Martin Abigaba, the acting Kitgum District Police Commander declined to comment on the arrest of the suspects saying the matter is still under investigation.

Security sources URN spoke to says the prime suspect in the Thursday morning theft is still on the run. The suspect whose identity has been concealed to avoid jeopardizing an ongoing investigation is said to be holding several master keys for different types of padlocks.  

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