Crime & Investigation

Rwandan Man Robs American, Arrested At Uganda Border

story geneva; font-size: small;”>Samuel Bugingo, the housekeeper of Mr Erick Newcomer, an American national, who works in the country as a computer programming consultant, stole his boss’ money on November 10 at the latter’s residence in Taba Village, Rugando cell in Kimihurura sector.

Bugingo was arrested on November 11 in Nyagatare District as he tried to cross to Uganda through illegal channels.

At the time of his arrest, he was found with about Rwf2.8 and US$7000 left which was handed over to the owner.

The suspect is currently detained at Remera Police Station.

It is alleged that the suspect stole his boss’ cabinet keys, where the money was being kept, and run away with the money as his boss was away.

After realising that the money was missing as he returned home later in the day, Mr Newcomer informed the police, which led to his housekeeper’s arrest.

Mr Newcomer lauded Rwanda National Police for intervening to recover his money.

He said: “If it was not for Police’s timely intervention, I wouldn’t have recovered my money.”

The Central Regional Police Spokesperson, Supt Albert N. Gakara, called upon everyone to always inform security organs in time to aid them intervene and apprehend culprits in order recover stolen items.

He also advised the public not to keep or travel with huge amounts of money, but rather keep it in banks, to avoid losses.

Emphasizing timely information sharing, Supt Gakara said “when Police receives information in due time, it helps not only in arresting criminals but also recover stolen property.”

If convicted, Bugingo will, according to article 300 of the penal code, be sentenced between six months and two years in prison and a fine equivalent to two to five times the amount of the money stolen or either of the penalties.


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