The suspects identified as Ismael Niyiduha, 32, Emmanuel Ahishakiye, 20 and Emmanuel Nizeyimana were arrested on Thursday following information on the alleged theft.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the police spokesperson for the Eastern region, said that police officers received credible information on theft, suspected thieves and where the materials were hidden.
“The person in charge of the construction site reported that there are some missing materials. He reported that the stolen materials were taken to a welding workshop belonging to Niyiduha," said CIP Twizeyimana.
He added: “Indeed, assorted construction materials were recovered from the workshop and the Niyiduha arrested. Police later arrested Ahishakiye, who transported those stolen materials and Nizeyimana, the guard of that site, who sold them.”
“Law enforcement organs, local leaders and residents are working together to break the whole chain and to recover other materials still missing."
Theft, under article 166 of the penal code, attracts an imprisonment of between one and two years and a fine of Rwf1 million to Rwf2 million, a community service of not more than six months or one of the two penalties.