Egide Ntirandekura, 29, was arrested in Mbogo cell, Bukorota village with the stolen motorcycle number plate RE 882Y. The motorcycle belonging to one Mugenzi Mayisha, also a resident of Gikonko Sector in Gisagara, was stolen on January 23, when suspected thieves broke into his house at night.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Theobald Kanamugire, the Police spokesperson for the Southern region, said that Mugenzi reported the alleged theft at Gikonko Police station, the following morning.
“Mugenzi woke up in the morning only to find his motorcycle had been stolen from the house by unknown people. Thieves entered through the front door and Mugenzi suspected they could have used a key that he had lost,” said SP Kanamugire.
“Police later received information from a resident reporting a neighbor—Ntirandekura—who was selling a motorcycle. The resident was well informed that Ntirandekura did not have a motorcycle and suspected him to be a thief.
Police officers deployed impounded the motorcycle and took Ntirandekura into custody after realizing that it was the same motorcycle stolen from Mugenzi last month,” he added.
Ntirandekura was handed over to RIB at Gikonko station.
Mugenzi was all joy when he was informed that his motorcycle had been recovered and the suspected thief arrested.
“It was close to a month since my motorcycle was stolen; I was losing hope that it will be recovered. I thank the resident, who provided information and for the true spirit of community policing. I also thank our Police for their efforts and working with the people in fighting crimes, which also resulted into the recovery of my motorcycle,” Mugenzi said.
Article 166 of the 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 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 (6) months or only one of these penalties.
However, in article 167, the penalty doubles if the theft was committed through burglary.