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School Computers Stolen, Three Arrested

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School Computers Stolen, Three Arrested

Police in Gasabo District have arrested three men in connection with stealing 12 computers from Nduba Secondary school.

The computers were stolen when thieves broke into the computer laboratory in the night of April 27.

Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, Senior Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu identified those so far arrested over the theft, as Jean Damascene Harerimana, Francois Mburenumwe and Eric Nshimiyimana.

They are currently detained at Nduba Police station as their case is being handled by Rwanda Investigations Bureau (RIB).

“The following morning of the theft, some people called the school administration informing them of the robbery but the callers deliberately refused to identify themselves,” said SSP Hitayezu.

He added: “The school guards; Harerimana and Mburenumwe later also informed the school administration of the theft and yet there were no break-in. It appeared the door had been opened either with a real key or forged key Investigations conducted by RIB indicated that the duo worked with Nshimiyimana, a school cook to steal the computers and that’s when the Police came in and arrested the trio.”

“The suspects exploited the heavy downpour on the night of April 27, and used it as cover to transport the computers without being noticed.”

“These computers are meant to facilitate Rwandan children develop their knowledge and skills, and to be competent future adults. Stealing them does not only affect the children, but also the nation. That is why it requires collective efforts to fight such crimes,” said the spokesperson.

He also called upon the public to desist from buying things including electronics from the black market to avoid buying stolen goods, and yo always report people they suspect to be thieves or selling stolen things.

Article 300 of the Penal Code stipulates that, any person who commits theft without violence or threats 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.

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