ONE of the top robbery personalities in Cebu Province was arrested Saturday afternoon by police during a buy-bust in Barangay Cogon, Cordova.
Supt. Rodolfo Albotra, head of Cebu Provincial Police Office’s Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB), identified the suspect as Danileto “Danny” Lopez, 43.
Seized from Lopez were three large packs and two medium packs of suspected shabu worth P100,000 in street sales.
A .38 pistol with magazine and ten live bullets, digital weighing scale and drug paraphernalia were also taken from him.
Operatives of PIB, in coordination with Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG), swooped on Lopez’s house at 3 p.m. when he handed over a medium pack of alleged shabu worth P7,000 to a police poseur-buyer.
Albotra told Sun.Star Cebu they have been hunting Lopez, who is the number two robbery personality in Cebu Province.
He said the suspect was involved in previous robbery incidents in northern Cebu, where the perpetrators were armed motorcycle riding men.
Albotra said Lopez used to live in Barangay Pulpogan, Consolacion, until the latter moved to Cordova.
“Didto lang namo nahibaw-an nga niapil na diay siya ug baligya ug drugs (That’s where we learned that he sold drugs),” he added.
Lopez was detained at the Consolacion Police Station and will face complaints for illegal possession of drugs and firearm.
Meanwhile, two separate theft incidents happened in Bogo and Malabuyoc Saturday morning.
A principal’s office was robbed by an unidentified suspect in Bogo City, Cebu, Saturday morning.
The initial investigation revealed that the suspect climbed the fence and forced his entry inside the school by detaching five jalousie blades at about 8 a.m.
Richard Englis Pilapil, 38, principal of San Roque Child Development Center, said they lost a computer and a wifi router.
An unidentified theft also broke into the office of a cooperative in Malabuyoc, Cebu Saturday morning.
Mauro Collados, 59, manager of Nagsalo Cooperative, told Malabuyoc Police Station that his cashier, Narcy Ann Iran, reported to him at about 7:30 a.m. that the suspect destroyed the cooperative’s drawer and took more or less P25,000.
Responding police officials said the suspect entered through the ceiling.
SPO2 Mario Paler said they will call all the members the next day for further investigation.
Insp. Alcon Escosura said it is possible it was an inside job. DSM/Franz Correa, USJ-R Masscom Intern