Police in Nyagatare District had reported recovering Rwf612, 000 stolen from a businesswoman in Kigali.
The money was recovered Wednesday from one Samuel Mbatezimana, 22, who was a domestic worker for the victim at her residence in Kicukiro District.
Mbatezimana allegedly stole a bag containing Rwf1.2 million, after breaking into his boss’ bedroom, recently.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the police spokesperson for Eastern region, said that Police first got to know about the theft through related messages which were circulating on social media.
“We first say the alleged theft on messages, which were circulating on WhatsApp, but we were later formally informed that the prime suspect could have escaped to Nyagatare,” CIP Twizeyimana said.
“Law enforcement organs worked together to locate and arrest Mbatezimana, the prime suspect in Rukomo Sector, Rurenge cell. We found only Rwf612, 000 on him,’’ he added.
The money was less Rwf600, 000, which the suspect had already spent buying different items like smartphone and clothes, among others, the spokesperson said.
The victim, CIP Twizeyimana said, was informed of the recovery of her remaining money.
Theft, under article 166 of the penal code, attracts an imprisonment of between one and two years and a fine of Rwf1 million to Rwf2 million, a community service of not more than six months or one of the two penalties.