The operation was conducted on Wednesday, May 26, in collaboration with local leaders following information provided by residents.
They were all apprehended in Ruyaya Village, Gacurabwenge Cell of Byumba Sector.
Gicumbi District Police Commander (DPC) Superintendent of Police (SP) Jean Bosco Minani said the racket has been breaking into people’s houses at night stealing assorted valuables.
"There have been a number of burglaries and rackets ambushing residents at night snatching their valuable belongings. Through collaboration with local authorities and residents, Police managed to compile names of individuals, who belong to the same group of thieves, which facilitated the successful operation," said SP Minani.
Majority of the suspects, the DPC said, are recidivists, who were either released from prison or transit centre for related crimes.
SP Minani lauded the importance of community poling, particularly neighbourhood watch and sharing information in real time to jointly address challenges of lawlessness.
"If you suspect someone to be engaged in any criminal act or planning one, always be quick to share the information; Police will act swiftly to authenticate the information and help to foil any planned crime or arrest anyone connected to a specific identified crime," said the DPC.