Nine teens arrested for stealing guns, jewelry

STEALING valuables from the unoccupied former mayor’s house in San Jacinto was the easy part for the nine minors that staged the heist; the difficult part was how to share their loot that included firearms and jewelry.

The loud disagreement that almost ended in a brawl among the young suspects, aged 14-17, caught the attention of the officials of Barangay Sto. Tomas, and this led to the discovery of the crime last Sunday, December 27.

P/Sr. Master Sgt. Ramon Gamboa Jr. said Barangay Sto. Tomas Chairman Zandro De Guzman sought police assistance after the robbery at the house of the late mayor Rolando Columbres in Sitio Dalumat, Barangay Sto. Tomas last September by the nine teens was discovered.

Police investigation showed the trouble among young thieves from Barangays Macayug and Sto. Tomas, arose from disagreement on who should get the infant M16 rifle, one long magazine, seven live ammunition for said firearm, one Colt caliber. 45, two magazines and 12 live ammunition for said gun, and one gold necklace with square pendant, all of which were recovered.

The police turned over the nine suspects to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office for proper intervention.

“The mayor’s necklace costs about P200,000 or more because it is thick. People who knew him would easily remember him for wearing that necklace,” Gamboa said

The Columbres family that only visits the abandoned house occasionally said it will not press charges against the young suspects but admonished the teens’ parents for failing to supervise and guide their children. (Eva Visperas)

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