Rwanda National Police (RNP) has advised the public against keeping large sums of money in their house, which can influence house break-in and theft.
The call comes in a wake of recent incident in Kigali where a househelp broke into his employer’s bedroom and stole Rwf1.4m and US$100 before fleeing.
Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu, said that the, suspect Pierre Ngirababyeyi had made a copy of the key to his employer’s bedroom, thus gaining access.
Eddy Fernand Habimana had made copies of his (Habimana’s) bedroom, opened it and stole the money.
“On realizing that the money was stolen, the victim, Eddy Fernand Habimana reported to Police. Immediate investigations led to the suspect in Musambira of Kamonyi District where he was hiding, and brought him back to Kigali where he committed the offence, and currently held at Kacyiru Police Station,” said SP HItayezu.
“Of the stolen amount, the suspect had only spent Rwf84, 000, but the rest of the stolen money was recovered from him at the time of arrest, and two smartphones - Samsung S7.”
“We highly recommend that people resort to smart transaction and not keep or walk with such amounts as it makes them soft target for robbers… By keeping or moving with bulk of money, you are also exposing yourself but also fueling criminality,” said the spokesperson.
The money and the phones were handed back to the owner, Habimana.
Habimana hailed Rwanda National Police for the quick intervention and recovering his stolen monies and items.
“I am very thankful to RNP for the professionalism they exhibited. As soon as I informed them about the theft, they immediately started investigations that let to the recovery of my money and my phones and arrested the prime suspect ,” he said.