Rwanda Police advises the public against keeping large sums of money at home, as it can influence house break-in and theft. The call comes in a wake of recent incident in Kigali where a houseboy broke boss’s bedroom and stole Rwf1.4m and US$100.
Police spokesperson in Kigali city, Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu, said the suspect is Pierre Ngirababyeyi, who had made a copy of the key to his employer’s bedroom, thus gaining access.
“On realizing that the money was stolen, the victim, Eddy Fernand Habimana reported to Police. Immediate investigations led to the suspect in Musambira of Kamonyi District where he was hiding, and brought him back to Kigali where he committed the offence, and currently held at Kacyiru Police Station,” said SP HItayezu.
“Of the stolen amount, the suspect had only spent Rwf84, 000, the balance was recovered from him at arrest, with two smartphones – Samsung S7.”
Police highly recommends people resort to smart transaction and not keep or walk with such amounts as it makes them soft target for robbers… By keeping or moving with bulk of money, you are also exposing yourself but also fueling criminality,” said the spokesperson.
The money and the phones were handed back to the owner, Habimana, who hailed Rwanda Police for quick intervention and recovering his stolen items.
“I am very thankful to RNP for the professionalism they exhibited. As soon as I informed them about the theft, they immediately started investigations that led to the recovery of my money and my phones and arrested the prime suspect,” he said.
Jean Baptiste Karegeya