Criminals prey on 2 foreigners

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

SOME P1 million worth of cash, jewelry and gadgets were stolen in separate incidents in Cebu in a span of three days.

The first incident occurred on Wednesday when a female Japanese tourist lost P773,000 worth of cash and gold bracelets to a group of Tagalog-speaking swindlers.

Chief Insp. David Señor, head of Cebu City Police Office’s Theft and Robbery Section, said Miho Harada, 28, was befriended by the culprits inside a shopping mall. One of them knew how to speak Japanese.


They invited Harada to their apartment on Honey Ville St. in Barangay Quiot, where they played Blackjack, a card game.

Señor said Harada lost all her money, amounting to P533,000, in the course of the games. Another person arrived and placed a bundle of money, believed to be fake, as bet for another game.

Without cash on hand, Harada went out to get her three gold bracelets worth P240,000, which she allegedly used as ante together with her credit card.

‘Notorious’ group

When she and a female member of the group returned to the apartment, the others had left.

Señor said the victim was told by the woman that they would continue the game the next day. She also promised to look after the Japanese national’s jewelry, which the latter left in the apartment.

When Harada called them last Thursday, they couldn’t be reached. This prompted her to report the matter to police last Friday.

The group was already gone when authorities went to the apartment.

Señor said they have already monitored this group that victimizes Japanese nationals. “Maayo kaayo ni sila moistorya nga mada gyud ang mga biktima (They’re very good at sweet-talking their victims),” he told Sun.Star Cebu.

Last Thursday, a female Austrian national lost P140,000 worth of mobile phone and necklace after she was robbed by men in a motorcycle in Barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City.

A crime report from the Police Station 2 showed that Anna Reither, 24, was walking along Archbishop Reyes Ave. at 10:20 p.m. when a man approached her.

He choked her neck and took her bag, which contained an Iphone 5 worth P40,000 and a pearl necklace worth P100,000.


The man ran to a waiting motorcycle and they both sped off.
She described her attacker to be in his early 20s, has a medium build, dark complexion and short hair.

In another incident, two men took the laptop worth P64,627 from the manager of an English language school in Barangay Talamban, Cebu City.
Based on initial investigation, the two men entered SKK Tutorial Center past 12 p.m.

They were caught on a closed-circuit television camera asking for the office number before taking the laptop.

In the northern town of Liloan, Cebu, two men robbed Charles Stephen Pacho, 27, and Noel Pojas, 29, both employees of Philip Morris International Philippines Inc., in Barangay San Vicente around 10:30 a.m. last Friday.

Pancho and Pojas lost P42,000 worth of cash and mobile phones, police said.

The victims were delivering cigarettes to a store when two men onboard a motorcycle poked a gun at them and took their belongings.

Before leaving the area, the robbers locked Pacho and Pojas inside the delivery van and fled to Barangay Yati. (DSM)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 31, 2014.

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