Friday, March 13, 2015

ARRESTED | 9 minors on probe for string of robberies

NAGA CITY—Nine minors are facing investigation for their alleged involvement in a rash of robberies here.

SPO1 Toby Bongon
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
The minors were apprehended this morning after they allegedly broke into a store located along Peñafrancia Avenue. They were accused by Jaime Among, owner of the establishment, of carting away several items from his store.

The modus operandi allegedly employed by the group of minors is hoisting their smallest member up a window. Upon gaining entry, the same would assist other members to enter their victim's place.

Recovered from the group's possession were cellular phones and a bag of coins, which, according to the owner, were taken from his store.

SPO1 Toby Bongon told BICOL STANDARD that the police are already conducting a deeper probe to determine if the nine suspects were also the ones involved in the recent laundry shop and lotto outlet burglaries along Peñafrancia Avenue.

In both incidents, the perpetrators entered the premises through very small openings.

Meanwhile, the mothers of two of the accosted minors immediately rushed to Naga City Police Station 3 after they were informed of their children's arrest.

Both denied any knowledge of their children's involvement in the alleged illegal activity. They explained to police that their children merely asked for their permission to join a dance practice.

The initial report says that some of the minors still go to school, while others are out-of-school youths.

These children in conflict with the law will be turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for proper disposition.

Under R.A. 9344, minors below 15 years old are exempt from criminal liability. Those aged below 18 but more than 15 will only incur criminally liability if they acted with discernment.—With report from Boyet Paderes, BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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