The money was recovered from two prime suspects on Friday, October 1, who were also arrested. The suspects are Abdul Nshamihigo, 38, and Hamad Iyakaremye, 37.
In the morning of September 30, the duo allegedly connived and broke into the car of one Bravo Patrick Ndayishimiye, where it was parked in the city centre, and stole the money.
RNP spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera said that the suspected thieves were identified through footages captured by the nearby CCTV camera.
Nshamihigo said narrated that in the morning of September 30, he parked the car he was driving in the city centre, which the victim also parked shortly after.
"I noticed the way Ndayishimiye was closing his car and checking every door, I suspected that he had something valuable inside.
I called my friend Iyakaremye, who had a master key, he came, we opened the car and found an envelope, which contained a lot of money. After counting, we found it was Frw3 million and we shared it equally," Nshamihigo said.
Iyakaremye also admitted that he was called by his friend Nshamihigo to bring the master key.
"We first checked the whereabouts of the owner of the car before opening it and stealing the money," Iyakaremye said.
Iyakaremye and Nshamihigo said that they met in Nyarugenge prison, where they were serving varied sentences on related crimes.
Iyakaremye had been convicted for theft and sentenced to four years while Nshamihigo had been sentenced to 28 months in prison.
They were both released recently on presidential clemency.
The victim, Ndayishimiye thanked the Police for recovering all his money.
CP Kabera said that the swift recovery was informed by the victim’s quick reporting.
"When Ndayishimiye realized that his money had been stolen, he immediately reported to the police. With the help of CCTV camera in the area, Police identified Nshamihigo, who was the first to be arrested. Nshamihigo provided further information on his accomplice, who was also located and arrested. At the time, they still had all the money as shared," CP Kabera said.
The suspects were handed over to RIB for further investigation.
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, a 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 act was carried out at night, by more than one person or recidivism.