Chinese national robbed of Shs 36m in Namanve

A Chinese national has been robbed of $10,000 (about Shs 36 million) in Namanve along the Kampala-Jinja highway.
According to the deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire the Chinese national, identified as Dinh Trung was intercepted by two thugs driving in a Toyota Spacio registration number, UBE 803N.  

Owoyesigyire said that the incident happened on Wednesday morning. Aged 32, Trung, who was driving a Toyota Surf registration number UAX 425Q seemed to have been trailed by the thugs for a while before they intercepted him. The thugs reportedly had in their possession a pistol and a hammer.  

“After blocking the victim’s way, the said robbers smashed the window glass of the driver’s side reached inside and robbed a bag containing $10,000,” Owoyesigyire said.  

Nevertheless, Trung tried to intercept the robbers by knocking their vehicle as they were speeding off with a bag containing money. The thugs’ vehicle was pushed into a roadside trench and got stuck.  

This, however, did not stop the thugs from running off with the money. By the time police arrived at the scene, the robbers had varnished. Police picked the robbers’ car that was stuck in a trench, a hammer and empty bag abandoned a few meters from the scene.  

Owoyesigyire said police arrested one person to help with investigations in addition to recording statements from eyewitnesses. The arrested person has only been identified as Isma. By press time, police had acquired records from Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) showing the vehicle is registered in names of Canon Innovations.  

Annual crime records of 2018 show 7,354 cases of aggravated and simple robbery were reported, compared to 6,850 cases received at different police stations in 2017. 2181 cases of aggravated robbery means use lethal weapons like firearms, knives, hammers, and machetes were recorded last year.
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