Businesswoman ‘victimized’ by Salisi Gang

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Friday, September 14, 2012

A 66-YEAR-OLD woman and her male companion were arrested last Wednesday after they allegedly victimized a businesswoman in Barangay Poblacion, Asturias, Cebu.

Beatriz Cabarubias of Barangay Bato, Toledo City and Junrey Omandac of Barangay Candulawan, Talisay City reportedly belong to the Salisi Gang.

PO3 Cesar Climaco of Asturias Police Station said three other gang members who were not identified got away with P5,000 cash on board a white car.


Climaco said the incident happened past 4 p.m. after the suspects entered the merchandising store of Loreta España, 49, posing as customers.

Four of them kept a male attendant busy with questions, while the other one waited in the car. España approached the group to assist them.

The victim told police she noticed her bag containing cash was missing when the suspects were gone.

España immediately called for help.

Several residents caught up with Cabarubias and Omandac. The male attendant identified Omandac as the one who put his employer’s bag into a sack.

PO2s Exersor Aguanta and Danreb Lambo, who were on patrol at that time, noticed the commotion. They immediately took the suspects in custody.

Modus operandi

Cabarubias denied that Omandac was her son.

Police explained that “salisi” is a technique used by thieves where one diverts the victim’s attention while the accomplice steals the valuables.

Climaco, during the interview, said they are eyeing the possibility that the suspects belong to an organized group because they used a car during the crime.

Last Tuesday night, a burglar took away jewelry items worth P403,000 from a house owned by an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Barangay Basak, Mandaue City.

Cliff Taneo, 39, who works in Canada, lost a bracelet and a necklace worth P200,000.

The burglar also took three necklaces, a bracelet, seven rings and a wristwatch owned
by a fellow OFW in Canada. Taneo was supposed to bring the P203,000 worth of jewelry items to his fellow OFW, after these were claimed from a pawnshop by the latter’s mother Herasalia Malisido, 60.

Taneo discovered the burglary at 9:30 p.m. last Tuesday. He and Malisido reported the burglary to the police Wednesday.

Cable theft

The burglar, who remains unidentified, entered the house by breaking the sliding windows, said PO2 Richard Ares of the Basak Police Station.

Taneo is scheduled to leave for Canada next week.

Yesterday dawn, two men were arrested after they were allegedly caught stealing cable wires from a tower owned by a telecommunications company in Barangay Tabuc, Mandaue City.

Police identified them as Roldan Montederamos, 34, a resident of Barangay Cubacub, and Juphel Morales, 27, a resident of Barangay Cabancalan.

Julius Arevalo, 48, the tower’s caretaker, went to the barangay hall past 1 a.m. to report that the suspects were stealing cables.

A barangay tanod and two police officers went to the area and allegedly caught the suspects stealing.

Montederamos and Morales will be charged with theft today.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 14, 2012.

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