THREE persons fell victims to robbers and swindlers in separate villages in Bogo City last Thursday.

This, as the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) will intensify checkpoints in the province.

Supt. Ricky Delelis, chief of CPPO’s operations branch, said checkpoints help prevent criminal elements from carrying out their plans.

Delelis said they did not receive reports of “laglag-barya” gangs operating in Cebu province.

He said, though, that one of the problems in towns are motorcycle-riding robbers preying on lending collectors.

In Sitio Cantecson, Barangay Gairan, Dionisia Mabaga Pabillon lost more than P30,000 worth of jewelry to three persons who used the budol-budol modus last Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Initial investigation showed that Pabillon, 53, took shelter at a store that sells halo-halo during a downpour.

A woman approached the victim and befriended her. Two men later joined in the conversation.

The culprits persuaded Pabillon to accompany them in buying spare parts of a motor boat.

After she refused, the suspects gave her a bag, which supposedly contains bundles of money, in exchange for her jewelry.

The suspects told her they would return after they can find the spare parts, but they did not.

Six hours later, two men robbed Lief Tumulak, 31, and his wife Hope, 30, inside their store in Barangay Carbon.

The culprits took P1,000 cash from the victims.