Police recovers Rwf1.2 million stolen from Nyagatare

On 23 June 2023 at 05:51

Police in Kayonza District has recovered over Rwf1.2 million on Thursday, June 22, which is part of the money that was stolen from a man in Nyagatare District.

The money was recovered from two people, who were arrested in Rwagwa village, Cyabajwa Cell in Kabarondo sector.

The recovered money is part of Rwf1, 445, 000, which was stolen the previous day from a home in Rwinyinya Sector, Nyagatare District.

One of the suspects, a 20-year old, was a house-help for the victim. He allegedly fled after stealing the money. The second suspect is a man, who allegedly helped him in orchestrating the plan and to go into hiding in Kabarondo.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the Police spokesperson for the Eastern region, said that the suspects were arrested due to the information provided by the victim.

"The victim immediately reported the alleged theft at Nyagatare Police station when he found the money missing from the bedroom. He suspected his house-help, who was nowhere to be seen, to be the thief," SP Twizeyimana said.

He added that the duo was arrested at about 02:00 a.m. as they came from a bar in Rwagwa village, Kabarondo sector.

"At the time of their arrest, they were found with only Rwf1,266,000. The prime suspect had used about Rwf700, 000 to buy a smartphone, bag, shoes and spent others at the bar," SP Twizeyimana explained.

The prime suspect said that he had planned with his accomplice to start a joint business. They were handed over to RIB at Kigabiro station for further investigations .

Article 166 of Law NÂș 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.