Territorial Police Investigates Foiled Cash-in-Transit Robbery

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Yesterday, Tuesday, 5th March, 2019 at around 7:45pm, the police at Kyambogo University, responded to gun shots near Megha Industries, where upon arrival, they found security operatives from the Internal Security Organisation (ISO), who had put out of action, two would-be robbers, and foiled their plan to rob a cash-in-transit van, belonging to G4S Security Group.  The robbers had trailed the bullion van from Kayunga Stanbic Bank, through Mukono up to Kyambogo where they were intercepted while trying to remove the cash from the van to their small car.

The bodies of the two deceased persons which include that of Bright Turyatunga, a former SFC officer and convict, and the other unknown, were transported to the city mortuary for post-mortem analysis.  The police also transferred two G4S Security guards in unconscious state due to chloroform to Kiruddu Referral Hospital for medical attention.

We want to inform the public that the scene was documented and exhibits that include cartridges for a pistol   and an AK47 recovered.  An ID for the driver of the van, called Michael Okech, who is on the run, and a small phone were also recovered, 2km away from the scene.  The other exhibits of material value which include the bullion van with cash, a gun, and white premio under registration number UAK790P, were transferred to ISO Headquarters.

The preliminary information indicates the would-be robbers conspired with the driver Michael Okech, who bought chicken for his two colleagues and laced it with chloroform, to enable them loot the cash uninterrupted.

Efforts are in place to put the puzzle together and find answers to what exactly happened.  The two security guards who are potential witnesses are also recovering well, and arrangements to obtain their statements in place.

We want to urge the public and in particular those who deal with large cash transactions to remain vigilant and alter their routines.  We further appeal to any one with knowledge about the whereabouts of the driver Michael Okech or the incident to share it with us in confidence.

 

CP Enanga Fred

Police Spokesperson

6th March 2019

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