(Metro News) MPD drawing up measures against minors involved in petty crimes

June 3, 2010 8:31 pm 

MANILA, June 3 –The Manila Police District (MPD) is drawing up measures against minors involved in petty crimes.

This developed as 11 minors, who were allegedly members of the “Pitas kids” robbery gang, were rounded up by authorities in Quiapo, Manila on Wednesday afternoon.

Supt. James Afalla, commander of the Manila Police District- Station 3 (Sta. Cruz), said the arrested teenage boys were rounded up on Quezon Boulevard., Quiapo at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday.

He said police visibility would be intensified to stop minors from committing the crimes.

The minors whose age range from eight to 16 years old were picked up during the saturation drive.

The official said the minors involved in pickpockets and robbery snatching, preying on devotees of Black Nazarene in Quiapo church.

The children were rounded up after sidewalk vendors tipped off police that many minors near the Quiapo Church had victimized another churchgoer.

Operatives of the MPD-Station 3 immediately went to the Quiapo Church where they spotted at least 11 minors who were suspiciously loitering in the area.

When the policemen approached them, the children suddenly ran away prompting the authorities to round them up and bring to the police station.

The children admitted that they already had pickpocketing experience.

The children were turned over to the custody of the recreation action center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the children's supposed character transformation. (PNA) RMA/JES

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