Nyagatare: Stolen motorcycle recovered, two arrested

On 29 December 2022 at 08:00

Two men connected to the recent theft of a motorcycle were arrested by the Police on Tuesday, December 27, in Nyagatare District.

Gilbert Byiringiro and Emmanuel Hasengimana were arrested red-handed with the motorcycle Bajaj Boxer type, registration number RE 519D, in Remera Village, Nyendo Cell of Rwimiyaga Sector.

The motorcycle was reported stolen in the night of December 25, after suspected thieves broke into the house where it was kept.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the Police spokesperson for the Eastern region, said that the ring involves three people, with the third member yet to be arrested.

"Suspected thieves broke into the house of the victim located in the same village of Remera, at about 03:00 a.m on Sunday.

The victim realized the criminal act later that night and called the Police, and the search for the motorcycle and suspected thieves was immediately commenced," SP Twizeyimana explained.

He added: "On Tuesday at about 10p.m, a resident in the same village of Remera called the Police reporting three people, who were traveling on the same stolen motorcycle. Police intercepted the trio, two of them were taken into custody but the third member fled in the process, and the search for his whereabouts is still underway."

At the time, the ring was looking for a buyer. The suspects were handed over to RIB at Rwimiyaga station for further legal process.

Article 166 of law determining offences and penalties in general states that; any person convicted of theft is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than one (1) year and not more than two (2) years and a fine of not less than Rwf1 million and not more than Rwf2 million, community service in a period of six (6) months or only one of these penalties.

In article 167, 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 during the night or the theft is carried out by more than one (1) person.

SP Twizeyimana thanked the resident, who facilitated the recovery of the motorcycle and arrest of the suspected thieves.

"Community policing and neighborhood watch in particular, through swift information sharing, is central to fighting and preventing crimes," said SP Twizeyimana.