POLICE in La Trinidad, Benguet, arrested a thief who took advantage of the downpour brought by Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima).
Arrested was James Awing Bagni, after a concerned citizen reported to police that the suspect had in his possession four tablets, 70 assorted cellular phones, two digital cameras, and other accessories in Betag, La Trinidad.
A stall owner, Roldan Macoco Rebeniol, said he was about to check his shop when he noticed its padlocks were destroyed and the glass display rack was broken.
Bagni, 28, is also being eyed as the person who stole P40,000 worth of gongs in a school in Barangay Pico after medical examination revealed he has lacerations in his hands.
Ambrosio Bangsi-il Alawas, school director of Star Colleges, reported the missing set of gongs.
Alawas said that although money from the school canteen sales was safe, the window grills were destroyed, as well as the steel gate, which was used as an exit point.
Investigator Police Officer 3 Ryan Antonio said the school guard left his post to move to a safer building, as the typhoon became stronger Thursday night, October 20.
Senior Police Officer 1 Jason Bacquian, who processed the crime scene, discovered blood spots in one of the office cabinets, which was swabbed for examination.
Police, though, have yet to confirm if the DNA matches with the suspect.