In what is seen as a festive stealing spree and a rare occurrence in Rwanda , the police in Bugesera District intercepted a motorcycle which was stolen in Kicukiro District and was being transported to Burundi.
The motorcycle registration number RC 312F, TVS type, was stolen on January 2, by one Abdoul Uwajeneza, 29, who was also arrested as he attempted to cross to Burundi with it.
He is currently detained at Ruhuha Police Station.
Police said the suspect, who is also a cyclist in Kicukiro, had hired the motorcycle from one Innocent Kwigenga, little did the latter know of the former’s plan.
The motorcycle belongs to one Stephen Mugiraneza, also a resident of Kicukiro District.
However, it is the residents of Murambi cell in Nyarugenge Sector in Bugesera who notified police after they saw Uwajeneza trying to cross to Burundi with the motorcycle through an illegal border in the area.
Police sources say the suspect admitted to committing the crime, but requested to be pardoned, when asked.
Supt. Benoit Nsengiyumva, Police Spokesperson Eastern Region, attributed the arrest to the good cooperation between police and the public.
He added that residents at the bordering areas of Rwanda and Burundi are engaged in combating crimes following the existing working relationship between authorities in the two countries.
Last year, Rwanda National Police signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Burundi police force to fight against cross border crimes.
Article 300 stipulates that “any person who commits theft without violence or threat shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of six months to two years and a fine of two to five times the value of the stolen property or one of these penalties.