KAMPALA – Three armed robbers travelling in a Harrier robbed Shs35 million and an unspecified number of valuables from a Russian national, who deals in gold, in Mityana District last Friday.
The suspects are said to have raided the home of Andrew Svobodin disguised as intelligence officers investigating whether the Russian national was in possession of marijuana and heroin.
However, when he allowed them into his house, they put him at gunpoint before demanding that he gives them money. They also made him with other items such as TVs
The police spokesperson for Wamala Region, Mr Norbert Ochom, confirmed the incident and said they have identified the number plate of the vehicle the criminals used in the crime and investigations are ongoing.
“The suspects went to his home alleging that he was dealing in narcotics drugs. They said they wanted to search the house to recover the drugs. He allowed them to enter not knowing that they were criminals. In the event of searching, they turned around and put him and the guard at point. They tied the guard with a rope before robbing the Russian,” Mr Ochom said on Sunday.
Armed robberies are on the rise in the country. The month of June was very fatal after armed robbers shot dead a mobile money dealer in Zzana, Kampala. Another three people were shot dead by armed robbers at a hardware store in Nansana Municipality. Some of the robberies are masterminded by former soldiers and police officers.