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Soroti: Police Nets Five Suspected Hardcore Criminals

Soroti: Police Nets Five Suspected Hardcore Criminals

The police in Soroti have in their custody five members of a notorious criminal gang believed to be behind attacks on residents in the city and it’s surrounding.

Police arrested Vincent Opolon, 68, Ronald Kato, 45, Isaac Opolon, 22, Peter Eyamu, 44, and Justine Opali on Monday 24th, Oct 2022. They arrested the group after the theft of 68 million shillings from a businesswoman, Stella Apolot.

With the help of a boda boda cyclist Joseph Eligu, the five attacked Apolot. She was carrying money in her handbag and was apparently returning to her home around 7:00 pm. She had reportedly just picked the money from her husband, Stephen Elobu, who operates a business in Soroti town.

According to the East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesman Oscar Greg Ageca, they arrested the suspected robbers on Monday. They arrested them in Kigandani cell, Kengere ward, Soroti City East Division with an AK 47 SMG riffle number AK47-31048. The police also recovered 35 rounds of live ammunition.

Ageca said that three other suspects only identified as Osege, Jude Ochieng, and Charles are on the run after evading arrest.

According to the police, in June, the gang also allegedly robbed another businesswoman of six million shillings, a key for a Bajaj motorcycle, and five mobile phones at Maroon quarters in Soroti city.

Additionally, another case of robbery was reported in April in Kichinjaji ward. Apparently, this is where theives robbed off a businessman identified as Vigila Opejo 15 million shillings from his home.

“Most of the suspects arrested are hardened criminals. They include a convict who views the crime of robbery as a legitimate source of income. We strongly believe the arrests of these hardcore criminals will help restore some peace and sanity in the region. We pledge to continue with intelligence-led operations against violent armed gangs and their criminal network, who pose serious threats to safety and security in respective communities”, Ageca said in a statement.

The five suspects will be produced before courts and charged once police conclude their investigations.

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