THE police are hunting down the benefactors of a boy who reportedly sold a firearm and ammunition stolen from a police officer in Barangay Duljo-Fatima, Cebu City.
The firearm, a 9mm Beretta service pistol, was registered under PO3 Bryan Limalima Pastor of the Firearms, Explosives, Security Agencies and Guards Supervisory Section (FESAGSS) 7.
It went missing, along with four of its magazines, at least 50 rounds of live ammunition, a pair of handcuffs, identification and reward cards and P1,500 cash kept inside Pastor’s car last Sunday afternoon.
Senior Insp. Rolito Supatan, theft and robbery section (TRS) chief of the Cebu City Police Office, said a boy was spotted selling similar items to someone in Duljo-Fatima.
“Giadto ngadto ang nakapalit, wa na dinha (We went to check the alleged buyer, but he wasn’t in the place anymore),” Supatan said.
Pastor’s car was parked at the back of a church on B. Rodriguez St. in Barangay Sambag 1 that day, while the police officer was attending mass.
While it was at least the fifth “basag-kotse” (break-into-a-car) incident reported in Cebu City within a month, another form of theft also targeting parked vehicles was reportedly becoming rampant in the city.
Senior Insp. Hartzel Bellido, chief of the Police Station 2 in Fuente, identified yesterday the prime suspect of a “bukas-kotse” (open-a-car) incident on the parking lot of a hotel’s basement last Saturday.
He said the male suspect, identified as Regie Vergara, was arrested for similar offenses before. They have yet to identify Vergara’s female companion that time.
A female car owner reported to police that she lost the keys she left in her car that dawn. Based on a closed-circuit television camera footage, the car’s alarm went off when a man and a woman came near it.
The suspects then stayed away until the car’s alarm turned silent again. They walked nearer it again and opened the door.
Because the keys were stolen, Bellido said he told the female victim to change the locks she had used in her residence.
Supatan said the culprits behind “bukas-kotse” and “basag-kotse” incidents in the city may just be local residents who have just been released from prison.
“Naa mi gipasubay nga suspects, ang whereabouts nila (We are tracking them down and their whereabouts),” he said.