Rwanda National Police (RNP) calls upon the general public to refrain from tendencies of exposing money noting that such practices can also influence a crime.
The call follows an incident on Tuesday in the Central Business District of Nyarugenge where a trader, while walking and holding a big sum of money in his hands, was robbed of about Rwf200, 000, after snatching it from his hands.
Although the police managed to pursue and arrest the two suspected thieves, and recover the money, which was handed back to the owner, the force maintains that such recklessness tendencies can influence one to commit crime
Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu named the suspects as Denis Karangwa alias Kadake Seti, 32, and Alexis Kamanzi, 28.
“The owner was carrying the monies in his hands before one of the thieves snatched it and passed it over to another, who fled the scene. They were however pursued following information by some people who saw them committing the crime, arrested and the money recovered,” said Supt Hitayezu.
The suspects are currently detained in Nyarugenge police station.
“Although there is safety and security, it doesn’t mean that you have to move with big sums of money or expose it in your hands. The best way to prevent a crime is to prevent what can cause it. We appeal to the public to always take precaution or upgrade to electronic transactions such as use of Visa Card, Credit Card or telecom banking and transaction systems,” he advised.
Penalty for theft with violence or threat ranges between three and five years in prison and a fine of five to ten times the value of the stolen asset, under article 302 of the penal code.