3 suspected acetylene gang members nabbed in Nueva Ecija

December 20, 2011 11:18 am 

CARRANGLAN, Nueva Ecija, Dec. 20 — Three suspected members of vault-cutter gang, also called as the notorious acetylene gang, reportedly operating in Central and Northern Luzon, were arrested after allegedly robbing a pawnshop and money transfer establishment Barangay D.L. Maglanoc here last Sunday, police reported on Tuesday.

Sr. Supt. Roberto Aliggayu, Nueva Ecija police director, identified the suspects as Pedro Polides, 39, resident of Poblacion Norte, Del Pilar, Ilocos Sur; Joe Apalet, 38, of Poblacion, San Ramon, Sigay, Ilocos Sur and Oscar Docyogen, 34, of Trancoville, Baguio City.

Aliggayu said Polides and Apalet were arrested "while crawling" on their way out of the establishment and Docyogen after "jumping down from the roof of the building."

Investigation showed that Annaliza Antonio, an employee of Cebuana Lhuillier Pawnshop, called on the police at about 9:20 p.m. after she saw the suspects inside the establishment.

Responding policemen recovered from the place one 12.0 capacity vault cutter (approximately 32 inches long, including the handle), one acetylene mini tank with complete accessories, one super "kalan" mini tank ,one "molye", two "bareta de cabra", one 12-inch adjustable wrench, one 16-inch galvanized scissor, one manual drill with six drill bits, and other equipment supposedly used by the suspects.

Alan Paul Ramirez, 40, area manager, conducted inventory and found out that one Nokia cellular phone, a weighing scale, and coins amounting to P3,000 were missing and believed to have been taken by the suspects.

Aliggayu said the local police has filed criminal charges against the three suspects. (PNA)

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