Vol. XX No. 48

February 07, 2001

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`Sungkit' gang strikes again

A gang of robbers who use a wooden pole to pick off valuables inside Virac homes has struck again, taking more than P80,000 in valuables from a businessman last week.

Hardware owner Edwin S. de los Santos, 39, and his wife discovered the robbery in the morning of January 31 when he saw that one of their bedroom windows sported a gaping hole. Taken by the unidentified perpetrators while the couple were sleeping in the dead of night were a bag containing more or less P80,000 and the driver's license of the businessman.

A team led by SPO2 Virgilio A. Molina later recovered the bag and de los Santos' maong pants and two glass panes about 15 meters from the back of the victims' residence.

The probers say the suspects used a hollow block as a stepping stone before removing two blades from the glass jalousy window. Through the hole, the suspects inserted a "sungkit" (wooden pole) which they used in getting the bag and pair of pants without waking their sleeping victims.

The cops also found latent fingerprints left on the glass panes and on the bedroom wall. The prints could lead to the identification of the suspects, provided their fingerprints are in the police files.

The incident is the latest in the long, unbroken string of robberies believed committed by the gang in the last three or four years. It is surmised that the gang's cash take have run way past the half-million mark although they have targeted homes in the upper barangays of Cavinitan, Calatagan, San Isidro Village, Valencia and Bigaa.

Five days ago, a retired public school teacher was shocked to discover that her own grandson robbed her of more than P5,000 in her home.

The report said that at about 7:30 A.M. of Jan. 26, Trinidad A. Talan, 81, entered her San Roque room and noticed that the cabinet door was ajar. When she went closer, she discovered that it was her own grandson, Sherwin G. Magdaraog, an out-of-school youth from Francia, who was hiding inside the cabinet. Magdaraog immediately escaped and jumped out of the window, landing unhurt on the ground and running away.


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