Kampala. Uganda | URN | Uganda Police Force in a sting operation by Kampala Central Police Station (CPS), aimed at reducing crime on Kampala streets, arrested at least 60 suspected criminals on Thursday night.
Police said the suspects had been captured by the newly installed CCTV cameras mugging people or sighted by covert security operatives victimizing unsuspecting members of the public especially in rush hours of late evening.
CPS operations commander Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Ivan Nduhura said the operation was conducted on William Street and Cooper Complex. Police said the suspects would be screened to ensure those with pending files or proven evidence about their criminality appear in court.
Aged 17 to 30 years, the suspects mingle in crowd in the evening and snatch wallets, phones, necklaces, watches and bags. On top of that, criminals also vandalize vehicles on congested roads or target passengers using phones in personal and public vehicles.
After stealing, police said the suspects rush to William Street and Cooper Complex where they sell or share stolen items. They allegedly also conduct street to street operations from 7:00pm to midnight targeting pedestrians.
Police said some of the exhibits recovered from the criminals include knives and other blunt objects suspected to have been used in committing crime. Other than theft and vandalism, police said some vend illicit drugs.
Nduhura said if the screening gets complete early enough, the suspects will be arraigned in court to answer for cases slapped against them based on evidence gathered before, during and after the operations.