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ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (March 18, 2018)


Shoplifting effort fails

A man seemingly with a sweet tooth was arrested after stealing two boxes of chocolates from a store in a shoplifting incident Saturday in Malate, Manila.

Police reports identified the suspect as Reynaldo Magposao, 45, of No. 1865 Goquiolay St. Pasay, City.

Initial investigation revealed that the suspect arrived at the Shopwise Supermarket located at A. Mabini St., Malate, Manila on March 17 at around 8 p.m. and posed as a shopper.

The suspect then reportedly picked up two boxes of chocolates and left the premises without paying.

Meanwhile, a nearby security guard named Gilbert Guzman spotted the suspect and confronted him about the stolen items. Guzman then apprehended the suspect after he failed to present proof of purchase.

Authorities recovered the items reportedly worth P1,376 from the suspect, who is now under the custody of Manila Police District-Police Station 9. (Hans Amancio)

Robbery frustrated

An armed man was arrested after allegedly barging into a household and stealing P4,000 worth of gadgets and appliances in a theft and trespassing incident Saturday in Tondo, Manila.

PO2 Julius Vincent Libang, case investigator, identified the suspect as John Mark de Castro, 24, of Gate 7 Parola Compound, Tondo, Manila.

Initial investigation revealed that the victim named Evelyn Sibug, 52, was inside her house in 337 Matiisin, Tondo, Manila on March 17 around 11:25 p.m.

Much to her surprise, the suspect entered her home without her consent, prompting her to confront the suspect and eventually shout for help from her husband.

Meanwhile, the suspect immediately fled the scene, while carrying a Mactec Grinder and an SKK Lynx Pro Cellphone, along with a 10-inch bladed weapon.

Upon hearing the commotion, responding officers PO1 Allison Bonita and PO1 Reynaldo Agulto rushed to the scene and chased the fleeing suspect. De Castro was eventually arrested and brought to Asuncion Police Community Precinct.

The items, reportedly belonging to the victim’s neighbor, Angelo Luigi Curado, were eventually recovered. (Hans Amancio)

Leader of transport group slain

Police are now looking into work-related angle as the possible motive behind the killing of a local transport group leader in Caloocan City.

Jerry Adolfo, 52, president of Sangandaan-Panghulo-Polo JODA (SPPJODA), of Sangandaan in Caloocan City, was killed by three unidentified men in Malabon City on Friday night. He died on the spot after sustaining a lone gunshot wound in the head, police said.

One of the men sat behind the driver’s seat. He drew his gun and shot Adolfo in the head, in front on the other passengers.

Sr. Supt. John Chua, Malabon police chief, said they have yet to establish persons of interest in the case, saying investigation is ongoing. (Kate Javier)

Shabu possession leads to arrest

Three men, including a half-Jamaican national, were nabbed for allegedly possessing sachets of shabu in Caloocan City early Sunday morning.

Police identified the suspects as Jayson Dela Cruz, 32, barker, a half-Jamaican national; Cesar John Deluta, 27, painter; and David Banson, 23, tricycle driver. All are residents of Caloocan City.

Initial investigation showed that elements from Police Community Precinct 3 received a call from a concerned citizen about an ongoing illegal gambling in Barangay 176 in Bagong Silang around 4 a.m.

Responding policemen then saw the three men playing cara y cruz and upon frisking, three sachets of suspected shabu were seized from them, said case investigator PO1 Almario Fabito.

The three men admitted that they were drug users before but denied possessing the recovered sachets of shabu.

Charges will be filed against the suspects who are now detained at the Caloocan police detention cell. (Kate Javier)

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