Police looking for 4 suspects in separate thefts

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

WATCHES and jewelry reportedly worth more than P1 million were stolen in separate incidents in Cebu City.

Veronica Chongbian, 23, who is reportedly engaged in an online business, was meeting a client who wanted to buy a watch worth P35,000 in the afternoon. But the client turned out to be a thief who literally sped off with her watch.

Suspect Jennylyn Meyer reportedly contacted Chongbian and expressed her interest to buy the watch, which the latter posted online.


Meyer went to Chongbian’s house on V. Rama last Friday.

Meyer told the victim she would buy the watch and asked Chiongbian to accompany her to the bank so she could get some money.

The two boarded a cab. When they approached Fuente Osmeña, Meyer said she needed to drop by a drug store and asked Chongbian to accompany her.

When the cab stopped, Chongbian was the first to step out. Meyer allegedly grabbed the latter’s bag containing the watch and ordered the cab driver to go, leaving Chiongbian behind.

The victim reported the incident to the police station.

Salisi Gang victim

Investigators are trying to track Meyer through the number she used to call Chongbian.

Also last Friday afternoon, 62-year-old Miguel Rolda was victimized by three suspects who got away with his three Rolex watches worth P800,000, two bracelets worth P250,000 and two gold rings worth P35,000.

The incident happened in one of the malls in Barangay Mabolo. Insp. Ryan Devaras of the Mabolo Police Station said Rolda was a victim of the Salisi Gang.

Based on the mall’s CCTV camera, Rolda was sitting in a restaurant. The three suspects sat nearby.

After a few minutes, one of the suspects distracted Rolda by calling the waiter.

While Rolda listened to the suspect and the waiter’s conversation, one of the suspect’s companions grabbed Rolda’s bag that was under the table. Rolda did not notice his bag was gone.

Minutes later, the three suspects left with Rolda’s bag containing assorted jewelries and other important documents.

“We will still investigate further and as to why the victim was bringing those items in his bag,” said Devaras in a phone interview with Sun.Star Cebu.

He said they’ve asked the mall for a copy of the CCTV footage so they can check the identity of the suspects. (JTR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 16, 2014.

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