Police Clarifies on Monday Raid on Metal Shops in Down-Town
More than 800 police officers conducted eight (8) separate but well-coordinated raids on major metal business locations that were dealing in suspected stolen pylons and copper wires from electric utilities.
This follows complaints of vandalism and sabotage on the transmission lines of electricity from Karuma to Olwiyo; Karuma to Lira, Karuma to Kawanda and Tororo to Bujagali.
Police indicates that criminals climbed up the pylon, past the power cabs to reach the top of the tower, where they would cut the pylons, wires, conductors and tower stabs, which would sometimes lead to the collapse of the pylon.
Theft of metals from utilities also occurred at substation transformers, and on underground pipes and cable wires. It is against this background that thefts from electric utilities and other utilities became one of our highest priorities due to the adverse consequences of service disruptions and its economic impact on our communities.
Fred Enanga the police spokesperson says their intelligence teams picked strong evidence of scrap metal crimes at 117 yards/shops, from Kisenyi business center, Shamba complex, New taxi Park Building, Nakitende, Owino Complex, USAFI Market, Mwanga II, Musajjalumbwa and Muzaana areas.
Two more lone dealers were identified along Mawanda road. “These dealers have been facilitating criminals who have been vandalizing pylons along the major transmission lines from Karuma dam. We strongly believe this massive operation will disrupt the supply line for scrap metal thefts and make it impossible for scrap yards to accept stolen metals” Enanga noted.