Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the Eastern region Police spokesperson said the maize was recovered from two suspected thieves; Emmanuel Nsanzimana, 28 and Innocent Fasasi, 30.
The two suspects were working for Sibomana as security guards at the store.
“Nsanzimana and Fasasi were both guards at the store, they stole the maize at different occasions and would hide it in the nearest homes," said CIP Twizeyimana.
"Local residents realised that the two guards were stealthily taking the maize from the stores and informed the Police in Rilima. The victim wasn’t aware," he further explained.
"With the help of the residents, Police arrested the two guards and recovered the maize.
We commend the residents for the ownership... not just being bystanders as the theft was going on but to fight and prevent it."
The recovered maize was handed over to the owner.
Sibomana lauded the Police’s quick response to recover his goods and commended the residents’ responsiveness.
“I live in Kigali but I have my stores in Rilima. I wouldn’t have known anything had it not been the ownership of my neighbors in Rilima and I am thankful for that spirit of neighborhood watch," said Sibomana.
Theft, under article 166 of the penal code, is punishable with an imprisonment of between one and two years, a fine of between Rwf1 million and Rwf2 million, a community service of not more than six months or one of these penalties.