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How thugs robbed $800,000 cash from Kololo Courts hotel

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Three Kololo Courts hotel staff have been arrested on allegations of conspiring with two other suspects to rob $800,000 (about Shs 3 billion) cash belonging to businessman, Lee Max.

The suspects who booked into a neighbouring room, 310, broke into Lee's room, 313, last week and were captured on CCTV cameras. Sources say the hotel staff associates are suspected of having tipped off the thugs who broke into the room and took the money. 

According to detectives from the three police stations; Kololo, Jinja road, and CPS Kampala, the thugs trailed Lee from one of the banks in Kampala and waited for him to go jogging before they broke into his hotel room. The thugs are said to have fled the country to Tanzania, two days after the robbery. It is still unclear whether they fled with the cash.

“This man [Lee] entered the hotel room at 6:30 pm and it was a Wednesday. The thugs seemed to have studied his patterns and we have been told that he often kept huge amounts of money in that hotel room where he also had a safe,” said one of the detectives.

Without divulging details of the case and investigations, Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, confirmed the robbery, adding that the case is being handled by the criminal investigations department (CID).

“It is true we are investigating the case of burglary and theft of money belonging to a businessman. It is also true that some of the suspects have fled to Tanzania but our CID team has notified the police on the other side to help in arresting these suspects,” said Onyango.

The case is being investigated under CRB: 860/2022. So far, information collected shows that Lee left his hotel room at 7 pm to go jogging. He returned to the hotel at around 8.30 pm, took a shower, and went back to do some work on his laptop in the lobby. At around 1:20 am, Lee retreated to his hotel room to sleep, but when he tried to open the door, he noticed the lock was damaged and decided to inform a technician who came and fixed it.

“After the technician fixed the door locks, he entered his room but quickly noticed that his safe had been opened and money was taken. He quickly alerted the CCTV team at the hotel and they retrieved the footage from the time he booked into the room. The cameras showed two men who had booked room 310 breaking into his room and came out with loaded bags," said the detectives.

The CCTV footage shows one of the suspects was wearing a yellow shirt while the other putting on a white shirt. The CCTVs clearly show the two men breaking into his room 313 and leaving with two laptop bags loaded with money.

In an attempt to quickly corner the suspects, Lee called security bosses commissioner of police (CP) Beata Chelimo and Captain Namara but the suspects appeared to have been faster than the investigators.

Assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Clare Nabakka, the deputy Police spokesperson, said many times thugs take advantage of normalized movement patterns to steal, or rob persons. She said people need to stop moving with huge amounts of money in cash form and embrace electronic transfers.

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+4 #1 JonSs 2022-12-30 12:50
These so called thugs are only sharing in the proceeds of crime.

Why should you carry all that cash around when bank facilities are available 24 hours. The mzungu is the thug conniving with police and immigration to launder American dollars.
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+8 #2 Higenyi 2022-12-30 16:50
Whereas that is a very serious crime that should be prioritized, the source of that money requires investigation as well.

Failing to deposit such huge sums of money in a bank is suspicious
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0 #3 kabayekka 2022-12-30 18:03
It is unfortunate that this is a foreign business man who seems not to know that because of much corruption in this country, the rich Africans are cautiously hiding their loot safely in their expensively bought highly secured bikomera homesteads.

Some even have their well paid national police to guard them 24, 7 for many years now and counting. They have the dodgy political excuse that their homesteads are secured by the Uganda Army against ADF rebels!
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+1 #4 Lysol 2022-12-31 01:00
The classic insider's job heist. Why walk around with such a large amount of cash in the first place?

Unless of course, to show-off and setting himself up to be robbed. What a moron!
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+1 #5 kabayekka 2022-12-31 13:56
One reckons the editor of the observer is acting unprofessional in some ways.

There has got to be some sort of media pressure to bare on African military governments that believe that AK47 is the only tool of governance on this African continent!
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+2 #6 jose 2022-12-31 18:59
What business does Lee do in uganda, if its not money laundering

On the other hand not simple people go kololo to sleep, the thugs are these ones we call connected
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+1 #7 Lakwena 2023-01-03 07:28
Quoting kabayekka:
It is unfortunate that this is a foreign business man who seems not to know that because of much corruption in this country, the rich Africans are cautiously hiding their loot safely in their expensively bought highly secured bikomera homesteads.

Some even have their well paid national police to guard them 24, 7 for many years now and counting. They have the dodgy political excuse that their homesteads are secured by the Uganda Army against ADF rebels!


In other words Kabayekka, some of our Top Brasses, not only in the Police, but also the UPDF, are on the Payroll of Mafias. Which is why e.g. Mr. Lee personally and directly called security bosses: Commissioner of police (CP) Beata Chelimo and Captain Namara.

And that is how, some of them drive sleek cars far beyond their miserly, less than Shs.2 million a month.

Wachireba?
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