Out-of-town shoplifting gang strikes in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 14:27

An out-of-town gang victimizing convenience stores and groceries with its shoplifting modus operandi was busted by the local police after one of its members was arrested few minutes after they struck at a local pharmacy cum convenience store in Guiwan last Saturday.

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo identified the arrested gang member as Alejandro Dalon y Lingcanan, 47, married of Mental Tugboc, Davao City.
Dalon’s 11 cohorts composed of five women and six men, managed to escape.

A police report disclosed that Dalon’s gang aboard a Mercedes Benz MB100 van with plate number WDJ 186 owned by Juanito Tubanao of Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, stopped in front of Mercury drug store and convenience shop along Guiwan Highway. They entered the establishment and pretended as customers. They picked up several items from the shelves and left without paying for it.

After they left Mercury, they proceeded to Citi Hardware near Guiwan flea market where they also shoplifted several goods. They boarded their van without the knowledge of the store personnel. The incident was reported to policemen at the Guiwan Police Action Center, who chased the shoplifters who were heading east. They were stopped by policemen but 11 of them hurriedly got out of the vehicle and scampered in different directions.

Only Dalon was left and collared by the responding policemen who  recovered the stolen items aboard the van.

Police said the recovered items composed of one box containing six cans of Promil milk, one box containing six cans of Progress Gold milk, which they stole from Mercury drug store, three pieces of 500ml of insect killer, two cannisters of 510G Lysol disinfectant, five cannisters of 586G Lysol disinfectant and two drapes, which they stole from Citi Hardware.

Dalon was taken to the City Prosecutor Office for inquest last Sunday.
Dalon told the police that he has been with the gang of shoplifters for two months already and was being paid P500 daily.
The gang has reportedly victimized several convenience stores and groceries in Davao, Cotabato and other Mindanao cities. — Dan Toribio Jr.