Vol. XX No. 41

December 20, 2000

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Major Developments


3 masked men rob Caramoran bakery

Three armed men wearing bonnets staged an early evening robbery at a bakery in Caramoran, pistolwhipping a houseboy and forcing the owner's mother to give up a boxful of cash three weeks ago.

Police said houseboy Antonio Sena y Iglesia, 23, single, was about to close the back door of the bakery-cum-store at about 6:30 P.M. of December 7 in barangay Datag West when one of three men wearing bonnets pointed a gun at him.

They dragged him inside the bakery owned by Johnson Idanan, 36, married and a businessman,and then pistolwhipped him in the different parts of his body. The trio stopped the mauling only when Idanan's mother, Milagros, gave a box containing P25,000 cash to the suspects.

As they fled, one of the Idanans' housemaid, Yuly Yula y del Barrio, 45, single and also of Datag West, grabbed the bonnet of one of the men, revealing his identity as that of one Neri Araojo, Jr. y delos Reyes, 23, single, jobless and also a resident of the barangay. The case is still under investigation as of presstime.

In a related development, a videoke restaurant at the Island Center infront of the Catanduanes State Colleges lost its  earnings twice within a span of eight days in similar circumstances.

Alberto Rima y Emerenciana, 46, a native of Napo, Pandan who operates the Bistro Alberto, told investigators of the Virac police station that last December 4 at about 4 A.M., the bar's sales for two days amounting to P2,800.00 stored at a counter drawer was taken by an unidentified suspect who removed the designed cover glass at the store's window.

At 5:30 A.M. last December 12, the same incident was apparently repeated, only this time P1,700.00 was stolen. Rima says he suspects the same persons are responsible.





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