Four people were also arrested in connection with the theft. They have been identified as Samuel Ntawukuriryayo, 21, Jean Damascene Manirakunzwe, 25, Alexis Sindayiheba, 28, and Elie Ndikumana, 26.
The power line cables belonging to Rwanda Energy Group (REG), which is currently connecting Kitabi-Shara to the national grid, were stolen from a house in Gasarenda.
The Southern region Police spokesperson, Superintendent of Police (SP) Theobald Kanamugire, said the suspects were reported by the would-buyer of the stolen cables.
"Rwanda Energy Group (REG) had kept the cables in a house in Gasarenda where they are connecting communities to the national grid. The four suspects, however, broke into the house where the cables were kept and stole them," SP Kanamugire said.
"Good enough, the would-be buyer, who deals in scraps, got suspicious and called the Police leading to the arrest of the suspected thieves and recovering the cables," he added.
"We appreciate the resident for the positive response. This is a new roll of power line electric cables and this resident was observant and vigilant to understand that they cannot be scrap. Stealing of these cables derails national efforts to extend electricity to communities and equally denying the people chance to have electricity."
He urged the public to always protect such public utilities by reporting those, who destroy or steal them.
The suspects were handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) at Tare station for further legal process.
Article 166 of the law determining offences and penalties in general states that any person convicted for theft is liable to an imprisonment for a term of not less than one year and not more than two years and a fine of between Rwf1 million and Rwf2 million, community service in a period of six months or only one of these penalties.