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Thursday, 11 October, 2018

Gasabo: Stolen electronics recovered, five arrested

Police and investigators in Gasabo District, on October 10, recovered assorted electronics and other items that were stolen recently by thieves after breaking into various homes.

The items were recovered in Gisozi Sector from five men suspected to be behind series of theft. The suspects were also taken into custody.

The recovered items include two television sets (flat screens) and three gas cylinders.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Emmanuel Kayigi, the Police spokesperson for the Central region, said that a case of house break-in was reported recently in Gisozi.

“Suspected thieves broke into the house of a Burundian national, stole a 42 inches flat television set and a 15kgs gas cylinder,” CIP Kayigi said.

He added: “The items were recovered from three suspected thieves in Gisozi identified as Joseph Habarurema, 27, Eulade Dukundimana, 23, and Felix Rwibutso, 29. However, during the search of their house, officers and investigators also recovered another similar 42 inches TV set and two gas cylinders of 6kgs and 15kgs.”

During the operation, he said, Police also caught other two people, who include a man that deals in stolen electronic and who was attempting to these items from the suspects at the time; and the fifth suspect is said to have been aiding the theft by transporting the stolen items.

“A raid to the suspects’ house was based on information from residents reporting suspicious men in their neighborhood they suspected to be involved in illegal acts,” CIP Kayigi explained, emphasizing the importance of community policing and timely information sharing on anything suspicious.

Article 166 of the new penal code, 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.”

However, under article 167, the penalty is doubled it the offender committed the crime through burglary; if theft is carried out in an occupied house; if carried out during the night or by more than one person.

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