Rwanda National Police on Tuesday handed over three cars stolen from South Africa.
Peter Cawood, owner of a Fortuner with first registration number CY19LV says it was stolen early 2016. He praised the Rwanda Police for the recovery of his car.
“This is just another example of law enforcement through Interpol that has resulted into another major success. I have no doubt that there will be more successes in the future,” he said, adding that recovering his car gives him “quite a warm feeling”.
Another Range Rover owner, Kobus Bernard, said he had lost track of his newly bought car for five years and it was “a surprise” finding it after all this time.
RNP Commissioner for Interpol, ACP Peter Karake, said the cars were intercepted as they crossed Rwandan borders.
“One was crossing the border to DR Congo, another had just entered Gatuna border from Uganda whereas another was captured after entering the country through Rusumo border from Tanzania.”
Robbers change registration numbers and paint color before selling them to unsuspecting buyers, which makes hard to retrieve the cars. However, “they cannot change the motor number or chassis number”.
Rwanda Police through Interpol has previously handed over cars belonging to a South Sudanese, Kenyan, Ugandan and a Briton.