By Jel Santos
A trainee of Makati City’s Public Safety Department (PSD), who allegedly stole a motorcycle in Circuit, Makati, surrendered to the city’s top official on Wednesday morning, November 7.
Noel Trinidad, 23, turned himself in four days after he was named as the primary suspect of a motorcycle theft incident in Circuit, Makati. He reportedly went to the office of Mayor Abigail Binay to face the consequences of his actions at 11:55 a.m.
He was identified by Apollo Bartolome,29, an employee of an establishment inside the mall, as his alleged cohort who was caught on closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage walking with him to the parking area. Trinidad then drove out aboard the stolen motorcycle while Bartolome served as his lookout on Saturday, November 3.
Bartolome, meanwhile, was nabbed by policemen in a follow-up operation on the same day around 7:30 p.m.
The mayor said that this incident must serve as a lesson to all the trainees, saying they should instill in their minds that the city government does not tolerate illegal activities, especially among those who are supposed to enforce the law.
The incident highlighted the need to deploy more auxiliary troops to increase visibility and deter criminal elements, she said.
“The City Hall will be coordinating with the management of Circuit and other malls for additional security measures.”
The motorcycle has been returned to its owner, the local government of Makati said.
The suspects are now both under custody at the Makati City police headquarters’ detention cell.