Two people including a senior five student at Kansi secondary school identified as Ignace Ndabamenye, 24, and a security guard called Marc Nshimiyimana, 35, have since been taken into custody in connection with the act.
The duo, in the night of October 16, allegedly broke into the School computer laboratory and stole eleven laptops.
Police spokesperson for the Southern Province, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) André Hakizimana, said: “On October 17, the school administration lodged a formal complaint to police about the theft of 11 laptops the previous night, and the first suspect – the security guard Nshimiyimana, who was on duty that night – was immediately arrested.”
He added: “Later that day, we held a meeting with the parents and all the residents in the area to facilitate the investigations especially that the computers were meant to benefit their children. Shortly after the meeting, an elderly woman in her early 80s called his son, who is also a village chief in the area and told him that a student at the school had kept things in her house. When they checked, they found all the 10 recovered laptops and that’s how Ndabamenye was also arrested later as he came back to collect his luggage,” said Hakizimana.
Suspected student narrates
The suspected student, who is collaborating in the investigations, told police that on the fateful day, the security guard called him seeking information on the status of the laptops.
Later that day, they agreed on how to steal them and at about 11 pm, the security guard broke into the computer lab and parked all the laptops in a sack and hid them behind the school toilet, where the student picked them at about 4:00am and took them to the house of the elderly woman near the school, as instructed by the guard.
Meanwhile, the elderly woman said that at first she thought the sack contained tiles but became suspicious after the meeting, which prompted her to seek help from her son to verify the luggage.
CIP Hakizimana commended the woman and the residents for their efforts in facilitating successful investigations and appealed to everyone with information on any theft or mismanagement of school equipment and resources, to always come forward.
He also urged school administrators to always work with local leaders and security organs in their jurisdictions to jointly ensure that the one laptop per child program is not affected by those who steal the computers.