A notorious snatcher was apprehended by Station 2 policemen in a follow-up operation at about 12:10 a.m. yesterday near a store in Purok Magnolia in Brgy. 7, Bacolod City, but his companion evaded arrest, after they snatched the cellular phone of a Korean national.
Senior Insp. Robert Dejucos, Station 2 chief, identified the suspect as Joseph Flores, 20, of Sitio Cubay in Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City.
Da-hye Hong, 19, of La Salle Avenue, Bacolod told the police that she was standing in front of Grace Pharmacy at B.S. Aquino Drive together with her friends Seung Gi Jin, Eun Ji Kim and Hyun Su Jo at about midnight when the suspect who was with a companion, grabbed her phone and fled.
Hong immediately reported the incident to the policemen of Station 2, who launched a hot pursuit operation.
Station 2 policemen composed of Senior Police Officer 1 Jennifer Bautista, Police Officers 2 Fritz Pigar and Randy Abello, Police Officers 1 Cesar Chavez, Jeffrey Jabagat and Eric Tan went to Purok Magnolia after receiving information that the suspects went there.
Flores was apprehended and Hong’s cellular phone valued at P30,000 was recovered from him. His companion, whom he identified only as “Little Maalat”, evaded arrest.
Flores admitted that he and his companion stole Hong’s cellular phone because he has no other means of livelihood. He said they planned to sell the cellular phone to a broker at the Bacolod downtown area.
He also admitted that it was he and his two other companions who were responsible for the failed robbery at a cellular phone shop at La Salle Avenue several months ago.
Hong said he is willing to file charges against Flores, who is now detained at Station 2.*APN
4 arrested for
jai alai operations
Four persons were apprehended Monday and Wednesday in Bacolod City for alleged jai alai operations.
The Special Operations Task Group headed by Supt. Santiago Rapiz arrested Fausta Igmedio, “alias Maya”, 42, of Libertad Extension, Bacolod, at about 9 p.m. Wednesday while tallying bets for jai alai at her eatery at the Libertad Public Market.
Rapiz said they recovered P3,166 in cash believed to be proceeds from jai alai operations, bundles of tipsters with the code name “Fronton” and tally sheets with number combinations from Igmedio.
Station 9 policemen and the members of the Police Regional Special Operations Group-6, meanwhile, also arrested Tito Jimena, 44, of Brgy. Cabug at about 10 a.m. and seized from him 24 tipsters with the codename “Fronton”.
RSOG and Station 8 policemen also reported the arrest of Oscar Ostan, 52, of Brgy. 16 and Ali Juntago, 53, of Purok Sampaguita in Brgy. Singcang-Airport after they were reportedly caught tallying bets for jai alai near Juntago’s house at about 8:45 p.m.
Three ballpens, several tally sheets and betting stubs with number combinations, a stapler, tipsters with the codenames “Guitar”, “Target” and “Fronton”, and P160 in cash were seized from them.*APN
rice theft leads
Station 6 policemen already have leads on the suspects in the theft of 12 sacks of rice valued at P20,400 from a store at the Libertad Public Market last week, station commander, Chief Insp. Noel Polines, said yesterday.
Polines, however, said he could not give details on the identities of the suspects in order not to hamper their ongoing operations.
Ronaldo Salavante of Purok Puentebella in Brgy. Alijis had told the police that unidentified suspects broke into his store and took several sacks of rice on June 4, police records showed.
The policemen who were conducting patrol visibility operations near the public market, recovered the sacks of rice at the north area of the Libertad Public Market, where the suspects left them at about 2 a.m. on the same day.
Investigation showed that the suspects forced open the main door of Salavante’s store by destroying the lock of the main door.*APN