Kigali: More arrested in operations against house break-in

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Rwanda National Police (RNP) has arrested three people belonging to the same ring of thieves behind the burglary at Auberge motel located in Nyarugunga Sector, Kicukiro District.

Three flat TV sets were stolen from the motel in the night of May 4.

All the three TV sets were also recovered from the trio identified as Jean Paul Habineza, a security guard at Auberge motel, Theoneste Barigora, 29, and Jean Pierre Rulinda, 26.

The suspects were showed to the media on Thursday, May 6, at the Police metropolitan headquarters in Remera.

The arrest came few days after other nine burglars were arrested with seven flat TV sets, six smart phones and a laptop.

Theoneste Barigora, one of the suspects, admitted that he collaborated with Habineza and Rulinda to steal the TV sets.

“I was caught in Masoro with one of the TV sets, which was given to me by Rulinda and Habineza. They had three TV sets but they left me with one, 32 inches, which I sold for Frw65, 000. When they came to collect the money, they paid me only Rwf5, 000 but left another TV set with me, which I was also supposed to sell. I was arrested before selling it,” said Barigora.

Francois Xavier Bwanakeye, the Manager of Auberge Saint motel thanked Rwanda National Police for the quick response to recover the TV sets.

“A cleaner, while in hygiene services in the morning, noticed that the screens were missing. We did not know who stole the TVs but I reported the theft to law enforcements that very morning. I was surprised when Police called me later in the evening that the screens had been recovered and prime suspects arrested,” said Bwanakeye.

RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, said that timely reporting on the theft and partnership with the public facilitated the arrest of the suspects and recovery of the stolen TV sets.

“When Police received information on the burglary, an operation was swiftly conducted, suspects traced and all the stolen screens recovered,” CP Kabera said.

He warned that Police will continue to track down anyone connected to these burglaries, including buyers and dealers in stolen items.

Article 166 of the 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 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 months or only one of these penalties.

In article 167, the penalty for theft doubles, if; the offender committed the crime through burglary, climbing or possession of keys other than the owner; the theft is carried out in an occupied house or in a building used for habitation or in its surroundings; the theft is carried out during the night; the theft is carried out by more than one person.

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