CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO — Five suspected members of a “bolt cutter” gang that earlier ransacked a residential house in Mangatarem, Pangasinan were arrested by the Pangasinan police in Barangay Poblacion, Bugallon, Pangasinan on Friday (August 21).
Police Chief Superintendent Ramon V. Gatan, head of the Region 1 police, identified the gang members as Frederick Cervantes, 23, a native of Barangay Pantal, Bugallon, Pangasinan; Randy Roque, 30, of Porac, Pampanga; Renato Lacsina, 47, also of Porac, Pampanga; Fernando Fernandez, 48, married, resident of Barangay Mining, Angeles City; and Antonio Cortez, 43, also of Angeles City in Pampanga.
The gang got its name from its modus operandi of using a bolt cutter and similar tools to forcibly enter into buildings and establishments to commit robbery.
PCSupt. Gatan said nearby police stations were immediately alerted after a reported robbery incident in Mangatarem town.
The five suspects were arrested when their get-away vehicle, a Nissan Urvan with plate number CRZ-707, was flagged down in a checkpoint established by the police in Bugallon town.
The police seized from the suspects one live fragmentation grenade, two unlicensed firearms (Caliber 38 and Caliber 22), thirteen live ammunition for cal. 38, and seven live ammunition for cal. 22.
The police also confiscated a number of items found in the possession of the suspects, believed to be their tools and part of their loot, which include: a bolt cutter, a crowbar, a hammer, seven screw drivers, a Toshiba laptop computer, a JVC DVD player, a Sony Bravia LCD TV, a Nokia 8310 cell phone, three TV remote controls, assorted jewelry, assorted watches, five photocopies of OR/CR of various vehicles, five pieces of vehicle plates, one early warning device (EWD), and a few money bills of various currency.
The arrested persons together with the confiscated items were brought to Bugallon Police Station for proper documentation and disposition.
PCSupt Gatan commended the Pangasinan police for their quick apprehension of the robbers. “Let us keep up the good work and remain ever vigilant in our fight against all forms of criminality,” Gatan said. ###