Suspected thief arrested

On 13 May 2020 at 04:36

A man identified as Martin Niringiyimana, 20, suspected to have been breaking into houses and stealing assorted goods, has been arrested.

Niringiyimana, who was arrested Monday, is among the prime suspects in the recent separate cases of theft in Huye and Nyanza districts.

In one theft case, Niringiyimana together with his accomplices still at large, allegedly stole two generators in Huye, Rwaniro Sector in Mwendo Cell before stealing Rwf50, 000 from an elderly woman in Nyanza.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Sylvestre Twajamahoro, the Southern region Police spokesperson, said that Niringiyimana was arrested due to information provided by those who witnessed the theft.

"They stole the generators and money in the same night. Fortunate enough, a neighbour of one of the victims, managed to get their identities and shared the information with the Police,” CIP Twajamahoro said.

He added: “Niringiyimana has been handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau at Rusatira and law enforcement are still searching for his accomplices."

CIP Twajamahoro thanked residents, who called the Police after witnessing the crime and called for continued partnership and real time information sharing on such wrongdoers.

Theft, under article 166 of the law determining offences and penalties, is punishable with an imprisonment of between one and two years, and a fine ranging between Rwf1 million and Rwf2 million; community service of up to six months or one of these penalties.