3 unidentified suspects burned banana plantation warehouse

February 28, 2013 11:21 pm 

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 28 — More than a hundred thousand pesos worth of property, fertilizers and seeds went up in smoke as three unidentified suspects burned a warehouse of a banana plantation around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, in Barangay Sta. Fe, Tagbina, Surigao del Sur.

Belated reports reaching police regional headquarters here from Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office said that a warehouse belonging to the Sumitomo Fruits Corporation (SUMIFRU) Banana Plantation was burned by three unidentified suspects using an improvised “bottle torch” locally known as “Moron” and thrown into piled sacks of fertilizers, bags and other inflammatory materials inside the structure.

Tagbina Police investigation disclosed that two of the suspects diverted the attention of the two security guards of the company by engaging them in a conversation while the third suspect gained entry from behind the building by cutting through a portion of its cyclone wire fence. The suspect then threw the from burned material, and saw the spreading flames, prompting them to use a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze. They also fired warning shots that caught the attention of the troops of the 75th IB PA stationed at the nearby barangay.

The soldiers immediately responded but as they came, the perpetrators had already fled the area.

Police estimated the damage to reach P 106, 300.00 comprising of 49 sacks of complete fertilizer worth P58,000.00 and bags of seed worth P47, 500.00.

The Tagbina police conducting follow up operation to arrest the suspects. (PNA)



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