Police in Kampala are holding a 28-year-old woman on charges of shoplifting.
The suspect, a resident of Kitintale in Nakawa Division, Kampala was arrested on Tuesday after stealing goods worth Shs20 million from a shop located in Ntinda Kigoowa belonging to one of her friends, Peace Tusingwire.
Police say they later recovered the goods at the suspect’s home upon search.
The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire said the suspect hatched the plan of looting her friend’s property days after a rumour that Tusingwire was tired of the shop business and was in need of a more decent and handsomely paying job.
She then reportedly offered to help with the aim of looting her property.
Police investigations indicated that each time an appointment would be set to meet the potential employees, the unsuspecting Tusingwire would leave the suspect at the shop giving her a chance to duplicate the shop keys.
“It’s surprising how someone betrays a friend by opening her shop and looting almost all merchandise. However Ntinda Police officers were able to recover them,” Mr 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 the suspect’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,” the police spokesperson said.
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.