Police Arrest Three Security Guards over Ambulance Theft

Police in Arua arrested three security guards over their alleged participation in the theft of a newly acquired ambulance vehicle that belongs to a regional hospital in Uganda.

According to the police, the ambulance that belongs to the Arua Regional Referral Hospital is a Toyota Land Cruiser with registration no. UG6812M. It was given by the Ministry of Health in December 2020.

Authorities said the vehicle was stolen on Saturday from the parking yard of the hospital by unknown assailants. The case was reported to the police by Avaga Johnstone Norman, 35, the head of the hospital’s security.

“Relevant statements were obtained from the hospital, scene of crime visited and documented. Three-night security guards who were on duty on the fateful night were arrested to assist police with investigations but their names have been concealed in order not to jeopardize investigations,” said Josephine Angucia, a spokesperson for the West Nile Police.

Angucia said that authorities are currently interrogating the suspects to determine how the ambulance disappeared from the parking lot while they were on duty.

They would be kept detained at the Arua Central Police Station as investigations continue.

“The stolen ambulance is one of the two new vehicles that government gave recently to Arua Regional Referral hospital to assist in emergencies in Cases of Covid-19 and other sicknesses that need immediate attention,” Angucia said.

“We appeal to the wider public to share any information that could lead to the recovery of the ambulance,” she added.

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