THE houses of a police official and a physician were burglarized in separate incidents with over P500,000 worth of items stolen.

Between 2 and 4 a.m. yesterday, the house owned by Sr. Insp. Winston Tropa Peñaranda and his wife Aloha Peñaranda on Cansian St., Barangay Punta Princesa, Cebu City was robbed by unidentified persons.

PO2 Gemma Gaspay of the Punta Princesa Police Station said the burglars climbed the fence and detached the jalousie blades to gain entry into the house.

Taken from the house were a laptop, Nokia cellphone, two watches and two rings worth a total of P74,000.

The couple also lost a licensed 9mm caliber pistol.

Leads

Gaspay said police already have the leads on the identities of the burglars.

Sr. Insp. Peñaranda, who is currently assigned at the Bohol Provincial Police Office as a station chief in one of the towns, reportedly slept around 2 a.m. yesterday but woke up at 4 a.m. and noticed some of his things were already gone.

Upon noticing that the jalousie blades have been detached, he immediately called

police assistance.

His wife, Atty. Peñaranda, is detailed at the National Police Commission (Napolcom) 7.

New help

In a separate incident, Dr. Richard Condor of the Department of Orthopedics and Spine Surgery in a private hospital in the city lost P450,000 worth of items in his house in

Barangay Tisa allegedly from a new house helper.

The helper, only known as Lisa, was hired last Saturday.

Last Sunday afternoon, Condor's family went to church, leaving Lisa alone in the house.

They came back to an empty house with some of their possessions gone.

Among those stolen were eight jewels and a South Sea Pearl set worth P70,000. The family also lost an iPad mini, cellphone, P4,000 cash and $50.

Condor did not have Lisa's documents like an identification card but he described her to be in her early 30s, chubby with chinky eyes.

Theft and Robbery Section (TRS) Chief Noli Cernio reminded the public not to be complacent in hiring house helpers and to always get the helper’s identity and background before hiring. JTR