Rwanda National Police (RNP), on Sunday, paraded three men said to be behind separate burglaries in the City of Kigali.
Police identified the suspects arrested on August 24, as; Jotam Ndorimana, 29, Vincent Nzabonimpa, and Emmanuel Twahirwa, both, 30.
They are said to be behind the theft of about 70 mobile phones and a CCTV server when they broke into two shops at night in the central business district, recently.
RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) Theos Badege, said that one of the suspects was arrested in Gatsata Sector of Gasabo District while two others were intercepted in Musanze District en route to Rubavu to connect with buyer from Goma in Democratic Republic of Congo.
CP Badege further reiterated that the arrest of the three suspects is in line with Rwanda National Police mandate of “crime detection, and intervention against any law breaking activity.”
The suspects were immediately handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau for further investigations.
“These suspects duplicated keys to the targeted shops where these electronics were stolen,” CP Badege said.
“The arrest and parading of these three suspects, like others that have also been arrested in the past over related or separate criminal acts, should sound as a warning that in one way or another you will be arrested to face the wrath of the law and to pay for what you stole or destroyed,” he warned.
The spokesperson also commended the flourishing role of the general public in crime detection, prevention and arrest of lawbreakers.
“These people were arrested because of the credible information sharing with the people; we value and count on their continued community policing role,” he said.
Meanwhile, the suspects, while speaking to journalists, admitted to the crime
One of them; Jotam Ndorimana, a car mechanic, said he started stealing two years ago.
“Before started stealing I was a car mechanic in Gatsata, for two years now I have not gained anything in stealing apart from being arrested… now I am going to prison for something I should have prevented,” Ndorimana narrated.
According to the suspects, two of them would steal electronics and the other was charged with looking for buyers.
Under article 300, any person who commits theft without violence or threat shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of six months to two years and a fine of between two to five times the value of the stolen property or one of these penalties.
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