Burglars strike on Christmas Day, take jewelry, cash

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

CHRISTMAS is the season of giving. But, for burglars, it is a chance for taking.

A businesswoman in Barili, Cebu lost P260,000 worth of jewelry and cash after her house was burglarized on Christmas Day. Her househelper was also hogtied by the culprits.

The incident was discovered at midnight of Dec. 25 when the family of Evangeline Buna, 43, arrived home in Barangay Bolocboloc from a vacation, police said.

Cherry Ann Tecson, 14, who was left to look after the house and Buna’s Internet Café, was found unconscious on the floor.

Her mouth and feet were tied with cord and chain, while her mouth was covered with a handkerchief.

When the family checked the house, they noticed their belongings were in disarray and their jewelry was gone.

The missing items were a Chinese gold choker worth P45,000; two pieces of Chinese gold bracelets worth P80,000; Chinese gold necklace worth P60,000; set of Chinese gold earrings worth P20,000; Seiko 5 wristwatch worth P18,000; Chinese gold ring worth P18,000; Chinese gold ring worth P16,000; and P1,095 cash money.

Tecson, when interviewed by police, said she went to the Internet Café at the public market in Barangay Poblacion at 7 p.m.

At 10 p.m., Tecson left the Internet Café and headed home. When she entered the house, an unidentified man suddenly grabbed her.

The man, who was wearing a black jacket and a bonnet, reportedly covered her mouth with a handkerchief. Tecson said she then lost her consciousness.

Insp. Arvi Arbuis, the town police chief, said the burglars gained entry by destroying the window at the back of the house.

Arbuis said the culprits may have observed the activities of the family and waited for the time when they were out.

“Gibantayan ra siguro ni sila unya nitira dayon human ang helper ray mahabilin (They might have been monitored and the culprits strike when only the helper was left in the house,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 29, 2013.

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