Five alleged notorious “Budol-Budol Gang” members, who use fake jewelries, were nabbed in an entrapment operation yesterday in Caloocan City.
Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Supt. Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. identified the suspects as Diane Crisostomo, 36, of Valenzuela City; Jhen Sanchez, 30, Bernadeth de Guzman, 35, Melvin Pacia, 30, all of Caloocan City, and Julieta Joseph, 42, of Tondo, Manila.
The report said that at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2018, a certain Robert Barit, 36, was manning his motor shop when a certain Harold approached him and asked him if he wants to buy a gold ring with diamonds. Barit reportedly bought the ring for P15,000. After the transaction, the suspect hurriedly left on board a red Toyota Vios.
Barit discovered that the item he bought was fake after having it checked in a pawnshop. He immediately reported the incident to the Novaliches Police Station (PS 4).
At about 9 a.m., Dec. 6, the suspect again offered Barit a Rolex watch for P30,000 and agreed to meet at a grocery store in Monumento, Caloocan City.
However, Barit sought assistance from PS 4, which planned an entrapment operation in coordination with the District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) of Northern Police District (NPD).
At around 11:30 a.m. Harold instructed Barit to proceed to 74 Maria Clara St., Caloocan City and told that Sanchez will meet with him to give the item. After Sanchez received the ‘marked money’, the victim gave the pre-arranged signal which resulted in the arrest of Sanchez, along with four others.
Confiscated from them were a vault containing assorted watches, several pieces of diamonds, gold earrings and bracelets, five diamond earrings, 12 cellphones, land titles, P75,000, and Yellow Page telephone directory.
The suspects admitted that they were members of the “Dugo-Dugo Gang” operating in Metro Manila.
A case for estafa will be filed against the suspects while alias Harold is still the object of manhunt operation.
Esquivel lauded the operatives for the arrest of the suspects before they could prey on other victims. He advised the public, especially household helps, to be very careful against suspects who use the same modus.
“Itong mga suspek, may mga telephone directory ’yan kung saan tumatawag sila sa mga bahay kung saan alam nila na mga kasambahay lang ang naiiwan. Kukumbinsihin at mapapaniwala nila ang mga kasambahay na naaksidente ang kanilang amo at kelangan niyang kunin ang cash o mga alahas ng kanilang amo at dalhin sa isang lugar na kanilang sasabihin. Sa pagkakataong iyon, naloko na pala ang kasambahay.