POLICE officers arrested a thief and another for alleged reckless imprudence resulting to damage of property on January 21 in Baguio City.

According to the Crime Incidence Report of the Baguio City Police Office, policemen arrested suspected pickpocket Jeffrey Palit-ang.

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The suspect's victim was identified as Michael John Stanley, a New Zealand national.

Initial investigation revealed that Stanley allegedly felt someone pulling out his wallet while walking at the Harrison Road, Abanao Street overpass.

When Stanley turned around, he allegedly saw Palit-ang trying to hide Stanley's wallet by covering it with a jacket.

Responding policemen who recovered the victim's wallet containing five New Zealand dollars, five Australian dollars and other pertinent documents arrested Palit-ang.

Meanwhile, police led by Chief Inspector Amado Orcino retrieved a World War II 81mm mortar shell. Police were alerted to the presence of the explosive by a call from a resident of San Luis.

At 8:15 a.m. on January 21, a certain Eduardo Malong, a caretaker of a residential construction owned by Emerson Nerona, reported that while they were digging in the construction site, they saw of the bomb sticking out of the ground.

The vintage bomb is now with the Explosives and Ordnance Division of the Philippine National Police-Cordillera Administrative Region for safekeeping.

Officers also arrested Fernandez Guiseppi who had a warrant of arrest against him for reckless imprudence resulting to damage to property. Guiseppi is out on bail. (Visha Calventas)