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Thieves break into Aswa region legal police office

Aswa Region Police spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema said the motive of the criminals could have been selling the stolen items and not obtaining information. File photo.

GULU–Police in Gulu are investigating circumstances under which a printer, UPS, cables and a computer were stolen from the legal office at the region on Monday as people celebrated and entered the New Year.

At about 4pm on Tuesday, the regional legal officer was puzzled when he found his office locked but on accessing his office, he found it empty.

Indeed when this reporter visited the crime scene, she found the office padlock intact and about seven plain clothes police officers patrolling the scene.

Aswa Region Police spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema said the criminals must have used tricks to open the padlock and locked it again after the mischief.

A police officer who preferred anonymity said there was no need to bring a police sniffer dog at the crime scene since many other officers had already been at the crime scene.

“The sniffer dog detects the scent of the last persons in the room so it may end up following some of us who are here now,” he said.

Investigations
Okema told our reporter Thursday that finger prints have been taken at the door and on the table where the computer was for clues to the thieves.

“Investigations are ongoing. Already there are clues linking us to the people who did this,” he said.

Okema adds that though the motive of the theft is unknown, it seems to be with the intention of selling not obtaining information from the computer.

“We are sure that the people who did this had a motive to sell because they took only items that can be sold,” he said.

A case under reference number SD/26/02/2018 has been opened at Gulu Central Police Station and the two police officers on duty on Monday have recorded their statements with Police.

Okema says the duo will be charged with negligence when investigations are complete.

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