Three Drivers Held For Siphoning Company Fuel

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Police in Fort Portal are holding three men suspected of siphoning fuel from factory vehicles.

Police in Fort Portal are holding three men suspected of siphoning fuel from factory vehicles.
 
Laurence Okello, the acting Criminal Investigative Officer Fort Portal main police station has identified the trio as George Rwabwogo, Julius Mwesige and Patrick Rusoke.
 
The trio is between 20 and 30 years, all working as drivers of Rusekere Tea Factory owned by Balinda Kakyomya.
 
It’s alleged that on 2nd February 2013 the three suspects purportedly siphoned fuel from a factory vehicle attached to Rusekere Tea Factory in Hakibale Sub County Burahya County, Kabarole district.
 
CID Okello says that Balinda Kakyomya was tipped off by concerned factory workers who saw the suspects siphoning fuel from the vehicles.
 
The factory owner reported the matter to police who arrested them.
 
Okello says a police search of their homes uncovered 320 litres worth of fuel in jerrycans that were taken to police as exhibits.
 
The OC CID says that their arrest on Wednesday morning came after receiving several complaints from the factory proprietor that it had become a habit for them to steal the company fuel.
 
The trio is held at Fort Portal police station will be taken to  court on charges of theft.
 
However our reporter talked to the suspects and they denied the allegations of stealing fuel.
 
They said they bought the fuel and were planning to hire a tractor to plough their land to plant maize in the next season.