Police in Mbale have arrested three people, for alleged theft of iron sheets belonging to the Uganda Police force.
The stolen iron sheets have been valued at 13 million shillings.
The three including a woman have been identified as Iman Mukote, a resident of Nakihaso village, in Bunghokho sub-county, Gerald Masango and Beatrice Nabuduwa, wife to one of the suspected runaway accomplice.
Police say the suspects broke into hardware in Kibuku district and took various items worth millions.
Diana Nandawula, the eastern region police spokesperson, says the matter was brought to the attention of the police by Samson Nsenye, a businessman operating a hardware shop located along Kibuku-Bulangira road.
The police spokesperson says that the robbers broke into his hardware on March 17.
The police mounted a search and managed to 43 iron sheets, TV sets, 10 jerry cans of colored paint, nails, and 31 bags of cement.
Police also learnt that the stolen cement and household items were being sold on the market.
On interrogation, Mukote one of the suspects told police that he was part of the gang that stole goods from the hardware in Kibuku. He however says that Paul Nkolo, currently on the run hoodwinked him into the plot,
Police also mounted a search on Nkolo’s house and recovered 26 pieces of iron sheets bearing labels of the Uganda Police force.
Nandawula says the iron sheets are duty free, only for officers of the police force.
The suspects will appear before court shortly to answer charges of theft, illegal possession of government properties
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