The TVS motorcycle, RD 833 D, was stolen from Muyumbu Sector, Rwamagana District when thieves violently took it from the owner after spraying pepper powder in his face and beat him.
The suspects identified as Emmanuel Kwizera and Emmanuel Sindikubwabo were arrested on Saturday in Nyabikenke Cell, Bumbogo Sector in Gasabo District with the motorcycle as they tried to sell it.
According to Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie-Gorette Umutesi, a resident called the Police after finding a new motorcycle was on sale at a very low price.
“The resident became suspicious when he saw a new motorcycle on sale at only Rwf200, 000. As he knew the normal price of a motorcycle, he thought that it must have been stolen. He immediately informed the Police, we intervened in time and arrested the suspects and recovered the motorcycle in Bumbogo, where they were posing as the owners and negotiating with a potential buyer,” said CIP Umutesi.
She added, “These suspects have been stealing motorcycles using the same tricks; it is not the first time. Recently they attempted to steal a motorcycle in Masoro Cell, Ndera Sector using pepper powder. Fortunately, they were stopped by local night patrol, but managed to escape.”
She commended residents, who share information on suspicious wrongdoers. CIP Umutesi further called upon the public to always be quick to report to police in case they encounter such theft in order to allow for a timely response to recover what was stolen and arrest suspects.
“People should keep the spirit of Community Policing so that criminals are arrested to face justice,” CIP Umutesi emphasized.
CIP Umutesi warned those involved in such theft or other crimes that police is well-positioned to deal with them and bring them to justice, they are to pay a high price for their acts.
Shadrack Niyibizi, the owner of the motorcycle said; “We thank the police for their tireless efforts in ensuring that these thieves are apprehended and brought to justice.”
Niyibizi attributed this success to a strong partnership between the police and the public.