Police at Rusizi border post, on Tuesday, impounded a Range Rover Sport V8, said to have been stolen from the United Kingdom.
The luxurious car was intercepted through Interpol cooperation, as it made its way to DR Congo from Burundi, according to Spt. Emmanuel Hitayezu, Police spokesperson for the Western Province.
“The car was intercepted when the person who had bought it was clearing it to enter DR Congo.
Rwanda clearing system recorded a “Red alert/wanted alert” on the car after realising that it was on INTERPOL’s list of missing vehicles,” Hitayezu said, in an interview, yesterday
He said the car, registered under Congolese number plate 068-10 AB22, was found with a male Congolese national.
The arrested buyer later told police that he had bought it from three Burundian nationals–who were also arrested from Ruhwa Border Post as they made their way back to Burundi.
The three Burundians are now under the custody of the Rwandan police at Kamembe police station, according to Hitayezu.
“Names of suspects and more details will be disclosed as investigations advance,” Hitayezu said.
It is understood that the three Burundian nationals had sold the car at a black market price of $35, 000 with a down payment made of $25,000.
The remaining installment of $10, 000 was to be cleared at a later stage, Hitayezu said.
The Range Rover Sport V8 is estimated to cost between $65,000 and $90,000, according to internet sources.