The trio was taken into custody at about 05:00 a.m. when the police and local leaders recovered assorted stolen electronics from a house, which they were renting in Nyarusange Village, Remera Cell of Rukoma Sector.
The recovered electronics include three flat-screen televisions, two computers and their accessories, a radio set, two sound speakers and several forged keys that they used in robberies.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Emmanuel Habiyaremye, the Police spokesperson for the Southern region, said that the suspects had turned the house into store for stolen valuables.
"The three suspects were arrested in a Police operation launched based on information that was shared by the District Police Unit of Bugesera, where they hail from, that they were engaged in burglaries and snatching people’s belonging, before relocating to Kamonyi District, where they were hiding,” SP Habiyaremye said.
Police, he added, first arrested two of the suspects, with two stolen TV sets, two computers and a radio set. They disclosed their accomplice, who was also taken into custody shortly after with the third flat screen.
The suspects told the Police that they were stealing the electronics from different houses in Kigali and Bugesera using the same forged keys they were found with, before transporting them to the same house in Kamonyi District and looking for buyers.
The suspects and exhibits were handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB)—Gacurabwenge Station—for further investigation.
Article 166 of Law Nº 68/2018 of 30/08/2018 determining offences and penalties in general, stipulates that any person convicted of theft is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than one year and not more than two years and a fine of not less than Rwf1 million and not more than Rwf2 million, community service in a period of six months or only one of these penalties.
Article 167 of the same law says that; the penalty for theft doubles if: the offender committed the crime through burglary, climbing or possession of keys other than the owner; the theft is carried out in an occupied house or a building used for habitation or in its surroundings.