Burglars hit house, take P300T in cash, jewelry

BURGLARS broke into a house in a subdivision in Barangay Talamban, Cebu City and carted away some P300,000 worth of cash and jewelry last Thursday.

The culprits, however, could not yet be identified due to the lack of a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera facing the window glass which the culprits managed to open without the household residents noticing the movement at dawn.

“CCTVs are very important in identifying suspects of burglaries in residences, if the homeowner can afford one,” said Senior Insp. Rolito Supatan, Cebu City Police Theft and Robbery Section chief.

Couple Estelita and Leonardo Cañar were surprised when one of the rooms on the second floor of their house was a mess when they woke up at 5 a.m.

Only then did they realize the P115,000 and imported gold jewelry kept in the room were lost.

“We were able to lift a suspicious fingerprint and it can be a way for us to identify a suspect,” said SPO1 Donald Jakosalem of the Crime Scene Investigation Unit of the Cebu City Police Office.

On the same day, police also handcuffed a man believed to be a snatcher after a chase that started from the sidewalk in front of the Abellana National School to a parking area on Uytengsu St., a few minutes’ walk from the Fuente Osmeña rotunda.

Fuente police operatives caught Leil Gonzaga, 31, hiding under a parked car in the area. His head was injured.

SPO1 Allan Vallejo, police team leader on duty, said that 24-year-old Analie Canillo arrived at the police station at 8 p.m. and asked for help after her phone was snatched.

She pointed to the suspect, who was still in the area but had already started running away. A chase then ensued.

Vallejo said that Gonzaga may have incurred the injury while trying to hide under a parked vehicle.

Police recovered the smartphone from the suspect, who was detained with a bandage in the head.

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