Water meter thief nabbed-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
BAGUIO City cops nabbed an alleged thief of water meters in inspections conducted during the opening of the Panagbenga Festival over the weekend.
The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) set up inspection areas as part of its security plan to ensure the continued protection and safety of residents and tourists coming up to Baguio during the month-long celebrations of the festival.
BCPO City Director Senior Superintendent Jesus Cambay Jr. reported police personnel under the watch of Chief Inspector Gil Imado arrested Johnny Marrero, 37 years old, of Purok 6, Bakakeng, Baguio City for possible water meter theft.
The police have been receiving reports of various water meter thefts in the city. These are eventually sold for more than P1,000 to P2,000 per piece to scrap metal dealers and has become a nuisance for most residents who have to endure days without water after their meters are stolen.
A police report from the BCPO revealed Marrero was arrested after he failed to provide documents when police personnel discovered 14 pieces of water meters and two pieces of water meter case in his bag along Assumption Road.
"Such accomplishment will be a great help to the police operatives to identify those persons involve in the illegal activity. Statistical Record shows theft of water meter has been rampant within the operational jurisdiction of BCPO Stations 3, 6, and 7," Cambay said.
A total of nine incidents with 15 pieces of water meters reportedly stolen for the month of January this year while 135 cases were reported during in 2013 and 95 in 2012.
A case of theft is being prepared against the suspect as the BCPO urged complainants to surface to mount cases against the suspect.
At least two victims of water meter theft incidents proceeded to the BCPO February 1 to check if one of the recovered water meters recovered from the suspect belongs to them.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 05, 2014.