At least 23 goats that were stolen from three separate families in Nyagatare District have been recovered from suspected thieves in Gatsibo District.
The goats were stolen in the night of September 4, in Musenyi Cell of Karangazi Sector in Nyagatare.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Theobald Kanamugire, the spokesperson for the Eastern region, said that “all the stolen goats were recovered” from one of the suspected thieves, on September 5, in Ndama I Village of Rwikiniro Cell in Rwimbogo Sector in Gatsibo.
“One of the suspects identified as Patrick Mutsindashyaka, 34, was arrested red-handed with one of the goats and handed over to Rwanda Investigations Bureau in Rwimbogo,” CIP Kanamugire said.
“Following the theft in the night of September 3, in Nyagatare, information was relied even in the neighbouring districts. Through information exchange, it came to light that a group of men behind had crossed to Rwimbogo in Gatsibo where they were trying to get buyers,” the spokesperson explained.
“An operation to recover the goats and apprehend the thieves was conducted by Rwimbogo Police station; 16 goats were intercepted near Gabiro forest while seven others were found in Rwagitima market.”
Other suspects in this theft escaped arrest, but Kanamugire said that they have been “identified and will also be arrested.”
The goats have been returned to the rightful owners; Francis Nsengiyumva, Bonifrida Mukankusi and Benon Rwivanga.
Mukankusi thanked security organs for recovering her goats. “These livestock support our livelihood and our wellbeing. We get money when we sell them but their also a source for the biogas waste.”