By Jean Ndahimana
Separate Police operations against theft in the City of Kigali conducted on Tuesday, arrested seven people, who were at the time either caught in the act or with reportedly stolen items.
Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu said that four suspects were arrested in Gasabo District while three others were apprehended in Kigarama Sector of Kicukiro District red-handed after assaulting and snatching Rwf100, 000 from one Alfred Bakinanurwango.
All the money was recovered from two arrested suspects identified as Faustin Gashema and Jean Pierre Twibukimana, who are currently detained at Kigarama Police station.
“Although cases of theft have tremendously decreased, we know there are some people still involved in pick-pocketing, snatching people’s things, breaking into cars and houses, and these are continuous operations to break these rings, including buyers, who sell stolen items,” Supt. Hitayezu said.
While narrating on the operations, he said: “Two men called Louis Singirankabo and Abdoul Bujyakera were arrested in Rukiri Cell of Remera Sector after they stole a smartphone and money from one Jean Marie Vianney Havuguramye. All the stolen items were recovered from the suspects and returned to the owner.”
In another theft case in Kamutwa in Kacyiru Sector, one Imanishimwe Emmanuel vandalized the window of the car belonging to one Yvonne Batamuriza, and stole various items. The reported stolen items were also recovered from Imanishimwe handed back to the owner.
Meanwhile, Fabrice Ngendahimana, another suspect, was at the time of his arrest in Ngara Cell of Bumbogo Sector, impersonating police officers and trying to fleece unsuspecting people through threats.
“In all these cases, police managed to recover all that was stolen; this is partly because victims were quick to report to the police, which facilitated quick response. Real time information sharing is a great tool to successful investigations,” the spokesperson said.
He also warned people, who deal in stolen items especially electronics, adding that operations also target such shops, which will eventually address the issue of house break-ins that targeted mostly television sets, among other electronics.