Three rice mill thieves fall in Bulacan

March 31, 2010 1:04 pm 

BOCAUE, Bulacan, March 31 — Police busted a gang of thieves inside the Intercity Commercial Center (ICC), the major rice trading hub in the province, following the arrest of three suspects who were caught in the act of stealing sacks of palay Tuesday afternoon.

In a report to Bulacan acting police director Senior Supt. Fernando Villanueva, Supt. Ronaldo “DJ” de Jesus, town police chief, said the three were employed as laborers at a rice mill inside the Intercity Commercial Center in Barangay Wakas here.

Villanueva said the suspects, whose name were withheld pending further investigation, are believed to be members of gang involved in the stealing of rice, palay (unhusked rice) and darak (rice bran) at the ICC.

He said the Bocaue police have been monitoring the activities of the gang after receiving information of their illicit activities.

De Jesus said the group would steal sacks of palay intended for milling and sell them to buyers at a much lower price.

De Jesus also disclosed that there are five groups operating in Intercity with the same modus operandi.

He said each group is composed of three to four “cargadors” and an “encargado”, the one in-charge of the cargadors and trusted by the owner of the rice mill.

“They would steal more or less 30 sacks of either palay, rice, darak or 'ipa' every night,” de Jesus said, adding that the group sells a sack of palay at P500 instead the regular buying price of P850, a sack of rice for as low as P1,000 and darak for P200 instead of P550.

De Jesus also said that there are three trucks roaming every night buying the stolen merchandise.

The three arrested suspects are now under the custody of the Bocaue police and still being investigated, de Jesus said. (PNA)



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