Akyat-Bahay gang in Sual busted


SUAL – Seven suspects were arrested as of Wednesday night, August 28, following weeks of surveillance on the group after they dumped a stolen vault and went on a spending spree.  

P/Lt. Fredwin Sernio, acting police chief of the Sual Police Station, identified the arrested suspects as Dane Ver, Earl John Tactaquin, Den Mar Pendong and three minors from Sitio Mayaman, Barangay Poblacion in Sual town.  

Provincial Director P/col Maranan informs the suspects of the charges being filed against them. (Punchphoto by Nora Dominguez)

The suspects were arrested in the follow up investigation by the Sual Police and Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) along Zigzag Road in Sual onboard a vehicle with plate number TLB 841 as the two of the suspects were about to dump the black vault.   

Senrio said the suspects took the vault that contained P2 million worth of cash, cheques and other personal belongings from the business establishment of Michael Santos on August 24.

Sernio said they were alerted initially by the presence of a group that bought high-end cellphones together days after the reported robbery incident.

Also recovered from the suspects were cash and checks, pliers, hammer, brand new shoes, guitar and clothes.

Search operations were immediately conducted in houses of the suspects in Barangay Mayaman in Sual and confiscated the other items bought by the suspects.

The police monitored their movements for past couple of days and finally on Tuesday the group was spotted along the zigzag road of Barangay Poblacion.

 “They are an organized group; they even have a car they use for their illegal activities,” Sernio said.

Meanwhile, Provincial Director P/Col. Redrico Maranan urged other victims of robbery in Alaminos, Sual and Labrador to go to Sual Police Station to identify the suspects.

The arrested suspects are facing charges of robbery as the three minors are set to be arraigned at DSWD regional office 1 in San Fernando City La Union.

According to the crime statistics of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office, there have been 119 cases of robbery from January to August 27 this year. Less than 22 cases or 15% compared to last year’s reported robbery incidence of 141 cases.  (Nora Dominguez)

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