The motorcycle belonging to one Eric Migambi, was allegedly stolen from his contracted rider, last month in Kicukiro District when a group of thieves ambushed him.
It was recovered from one of the suspected members of the ring identified as Samson Habineza, 35, who was also taken into custody, in Mulindi Village, Rubirizi Cell, Nasho Sector in Kirehe. Habineza was using the motorcycle as taxi.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Jean Berchimas Dusengimana, the District Police Commander (DPC) for Kirehe said that the arrest followed investigations into the violent theft and information exchange between the Police, Migambi and members of the public.
“Migambi got reliable information that his moto was in Kirehe and was being used by Habineza as a taxi in Nasho Sector. He shared this information with the Police, that’s how we tracked and arrested Habineza red-handed with the motorcycle, which he was indeed using as taxi in Nasho," SP Dusengimana said.
SP Dusengimana warned those involved in the theft of motorcycles that police in partnership with the public as well as use of technology, will help to bring them to justice.
He further urged owners of motos to fit them with GPS devices so as to trace them easily and to report the theft in time.
Habineza was handed over to RIB at Nasho station for further legal process
Article 166 of the law determining offenses and penalties in general states that any person convicted for 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.
The penalty doubles, if the theft was carried out at night, by more than one person or through an ambush.