SOROTI – Police in East Kyoga region have arrested two security guards on allegations that they are part of a gang that broke into Pride Microfinance Bank in Soroti Town on Saturday night and made off with unspecified amount of cash.
Mr Michael Odongo, the police spokesperson for East Kyoga region, identified the guards as James Ojara, 20, and John Omusugu, 23 from Saracen Security Company. He said two others were arrested after police sniffer dogs led officers to their homes. The regional police spokesman added that the security guards also gave contradicting statements after the incident.
He said the suspects are detained at Soroti Central Police Station as investigations continue. At the time of the robbery, one security guard was only three days old at the workplace while the colleague had worked there for six months.
Mr Odongo said to avoid surveillance, the robbers first dismantled the CCTV camera system before robbing the bank that is located on Gweri road. Police preliminary investigations also indicate that the metallic doors inside the bank and the outside CCTV camera were destroyed.
The incident comes four months after Police in Jinja District in eastern Uganda foiled a robbery at KCB Bank.
It is alleged that two private security guards attached to pinnacle security in company of an unidentified person stormed the bank and put three bank staff at gun point demanding for money.
“However, the manager who had stepped out briefly returned and found his staff at gun point, hence rushed to police that responded immediately,” police spokesperson Fred Enanga said in a statement. The suspects are said to have tried to intercept the manager from running out of the bank but failed and only grabbed his phone.