Woman arrested for stealing goods worth Shs20m

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Kampala Police has arrested a woman for allegedly stealing merchandise worth 20 million shillings from a friend’s shop.

Diana Babirye aged 28 years a resident of Kitintale was arrested after stealing goods from a shop located in Ntinda Kigoowa belonging to a one Peace Tusingwire.

Police later recovered the goods at the suspects home upon search.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire said Babirye hatched the plan of looting her friends property days after a rumour that her friend Babirye was tired of the shop business and was in need of a more decent and handsomely paying job.

She then offered to help with the aim of looting her property.

Investigators revealed that each time an appointment would be set to meet the potential employees, the unsuspecting victim would leave her friend Babirye at the shop giving her a chance to duplicate the shop keys.

“It’s surprising how someone betrays a friend like Babirye did by opening her friend’s shop and looting almost all merchandise. However Ntinda Police officers were able to recover them,” Owoyesigire said.

The complainant told police in her statement that she had left her long time trusted friend at the shop which gave her an opportunity to duplicate the shop keys.

The suspect was later able to access, open the shop and steal all the valuable merchandise.

Police then tracked Babirye’s phone and call data placed her at the shop location by the time of the breaking.

Upon arrest, a number of goods were recovered from her home in Luzira Kirombe and taken to Ntinda Police Station.

She later admitted having stolen these goods and blamed it on spirits that had consumed and forced her to involve in the acts such as stealing, night dancing etc.

She was however unable to explain how she was able to duplicate Tusingwire’s shop keys.

The suspect is currently detained at Ntinda Police Station under charges of theft pending arraignment before courts of law.

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