Thieves caught right after covering security camera



MANILA, Philippines—Instead of avoiding arrest, four thieves only hastened their capture when they covered the lens of a security camera of an establishment they tried to break into early Friday, police said.

Unknown to the burglars, the owner of the shop was still awake and noticed the screen of the security monitor going blank and immediately called the police and barangay (village) watchmen.

Arrested by members of the Novaliches police station were Ramil Atencio, 37; Danilo Laxamana, 63; Roberto Tolentino Sr., 49; and Emmanuel Reyes, 41.

Atencio is from Tala in Caloocan City while the other suspects are from Novaliches.

Quezon City Police District director Senior Supt. Richard Albano said the suspects were reported members of the “bolt cutter gang.”

The attempted break-in happened at the Hard Off Trading and Tire Sales Inc. on Quirino Highway in Barangay Bagbag.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • superpilipinas

    some digital video cameras are equipped to trigger an alarm when the video data becomes abnormal. some also are equipped to alert a central security office. 

  • Yoda_C3PO

    Dapat pag nahuli yang mga yan at na prove na guilty…pinuputulan ng kamay para nde na magnakaw ulit…

    It would serve as an example to those thieves na labas pumasok sa kulungan…Para Magtanda ang hinayupak na yan!

  • F alonso

    dapat putulin ng bolt cutter ang mga daliri ng 4 na criminal na yan.patayin nalang at lagyan ng plakang “wag pamarisan” baka sila pa makapatay.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos