Seven people believed to be behind several burglaries in Kigali have been arrested in an ongoing Police operation.
Three of the suspects were arrested in Gisozi Sector in Gasabo District on Friday after they were found with some of the electronic equipment that had been stolen from an office in Centenary House on April 4.
The recovered gadgets from the trio’s house in Kamusezero Cell include a flat television set, still camera and a computer. The suspects are currently detained at Remera Police Station.
Two others; Emmanuel Twagirayezu and Jean Marie Vianney Tuyisenge, who are currently detained at Nyamirambo Police Station pending further investigations, were apprehended the same day after they were found with 300 kilogrammes of rice and 10 cartons of imported gin called Uganda Waragi.
The rice and the gin had been stolen recently from a shop in Nyabugogo in Nyarugenge District, belonging to one Onesphore Nsengiyumva.
They were recovered from a shop owned by Twagirayezu.
Modeste Mbabazi, Police spokesperson for Kigali metropolitan region, said the arrest and subsequent recovery of the stolen goods are fruits of the ongoing operation launched about a month ago to combat theft in the city.
“This is neither the first nor the last targeted operation aimed at cracking down on people involved in house break-ins and car vandals,” Mbabazi said.
“We have initiated a number of strategies in this course, including targeting individuals and groups that sell varied products of no origin, on black markets. We have so far arrested many of them based on credible tip-off from some members of the public since this operation started, whose dossiers have since been forwarded to prosecution for further legal action.”
He appealed for continued cooperation from the public against any illegal and criminal activities and called for tight night patrols and community ownership to improve security.