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Traders Count Losses as Thugs Break Into 17 Shops

David Ocira, the Amuru Sub County LC 3 Chairperson told URN that they suspect that the thugs used master keys to open the padlocks on the 17 shops. He disclosed traders in Tedi and Okungedi trading centers also suffered a similar fate sometime back and the suspects are yet to be apprehended.

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Several traders in Labongali Trading Centre in Amuru Sub County in Amuru district are counting losses after unknown thugs broke in their shops in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. 

The thugs made off with merchandise and property worth over Shillings 10 million. Christine Lanyero, one of the vendors told URN on Wednesday evening that she was shocked to find her shop open and several items missing.  

The missing items include 100 kilograms of sugar, 32 five liter jerrycans of cooking oil, 70 packets of 1 liter Golden Star cooking oil, five boxes of blue bar soap, clothes and unspecified amount of cash. Patrick Oloya, another trader lost over 300,000 Shillings realized from his sales on Tuesday, which he had kept in the drawer. 

He also says several other merchandise including 100 kilograms of maize flour, sugar and assortment of drinks were stolen. Joseph Tukupe, the Labongogali LC I Chairperson, 17 shops were broken into the by the thugs. He explains that police and the Sub County authorities were informed about the robbery but it was it too late by the time they arrived.

David Ocira, the Amuru Sub County LC 3 Chairperson told URN that they suspect that the thugs used master keys to open the padlocks on the 17 shops. He disclosed traders in Tedi and Okungedi trading centers also suffered a similar fate sometime back and the suspects are yet to be apprehended.  

Ocira says the matter is being handled jointly by the Sub County Security Committee Security and police. Although Labongogali Trading Centre has no security guard, Ocira wonders how the thugs beat the night time curfew enforced, which runs from 7:00pm and before 6:00am each day to rob the shops without security detection.  

Frederick Mutono, the Office in-Charge of Criminal Investigations Amuru Central Police Station told URN that a case of shop break-ins is being investigated under SD: Ref: 17/01/07/2020.

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