La Trinidad church ransacked-A A +A
Monday, October 14, 2013
La Trinidad, Benguet -- Even the house of God was not spared by thieves here.
Armed men allegedly robbed the Church of the Epiphany in kilometer 6 early in the morning of October 13.
Valley cops responded to a call from concerned citizens calling for help when they noticed something amiss inside the Church.
Church guards Vencio Abatteng and Victor Sib-Aten attested that while on duty, four men came and pointed guns at them as they forcibly entered the Church.
While inside, one of the suspects demanded they show where the church vault was, while three other men started to ransack the area, opening cabinets and drawers.
Fortunately there were no major items taken from the church but the thieves were able to cart away cash amounting to P 2,100, a lone cellphone worth P4, 000 and a wrist watch worth P7, 000.
Testimonies from the two watchmen say the four suspects scampered to different directions after the incident.
Valley cops are now undergoing follow-up investigation for the case.
From July to September this year there have been 374 cases of theft in the province, making it one of the most prevalent crimes.
Being the center of trade, La Trinidad, which is the capital town has a crime incidence of 67.46 percent.
The strengthening of the barangay neighborhood watch has been organized in a bid to keep the peace in the Valley.
The barangay based patrol system can be used as a deterrent for crimes as well as a strict implementation of the liquor ban and curfew for minors.
Valley cops are undermanned with a ratio here pegged at a lone police officer manning 2,000 residents.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 15, 2013.