ANGELES CITY -- Three suspected members of a robbery syndicate operating in Pampanga and Bulacan were nabbed recently by elements of the city police.

The suspects were identified as Rustico Santos, 37, of Barangay Amsic; Ian Alafriz, 32; and Angelito Lobo, 43, of Epza Resettlement Center here.

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Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, city police officer-in-charge, said the three were arrested for possession of illegal drugs and firearms.

The suspects, who were on board a van, were intercepted by policemen manning a checkpoint in Barangay Lourdes North West in this city.

Police reportedly seized from the suspects shabu, a hand gun, bolt cutter, license plate (ZKC 807) and other tools.

Bautista said the suspects had admitted that they used the tools and the license plate in robbing an establishment in Bulacan.

Bautista said the group might also be responsible in a series of robbery in Barangay Dau in nearby Mabalacat town.

Chief Superintendent Jowen Dela Cruz, Dau police station commander, said they are now verifying reports about the possible involvement of the suspects in several robbery incidents in Mabalacat. (Reynaldo G. Navales)