Robbers target buses with Internet access, expecting tablets, mobile phones

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MANILA, Philippines — This gang of robbers preys on buses with Wifi Internet access, knowing that the passengers are likely to have many mobile phone and Internet-related gadgets.

Five alleged robbers were arrested early Thursday right after a heist at a bus along EDSA in Quezon City.

Two cellular phones belonging to two passengers were recovered from the suspects, who were collared by operatives of the Quezon City Police District’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit.

Charges of robbery and illegal possession of deadly weapon were being prepared against Jeffrey Roma, 30; Christopher Cutamora, 39; Jim Lord Paraiso, 32; Domingo Corporal, 33; and Ramon Pura, 43, all of Pasig City.

Police Officer 2 Rhic Pittong, the case investigator, said the men were apprehended at around 12:05 a.m. near the corner of EDSA and White Plains Avenue.

A team of operatives has been conducting nightly patrol in the area due to reports of robberies aboard buses.

Senior Police Officer 1 Apolonio Basit, one of the arresting police officers, said the robbers would often prey on buses with free Wifi Internet access, thinking that “the passengers would have high-tech gadgets and cellphones.”

Basit and his team were conducting surveillance operations in the EDSA Ortigas area when they noticed a commotion on a Taguig Metrolink bus, which passed them by.

The operatives chased the bus and flagged it down near White Plains Avenue, only to find out that a heist had just happened.

Two passengers complained that robbers were onboard, pointing to the five men who hid fan knives and scissors.

Two cell phones belonging to the victims were recovered from the suspects, who ended up getting arrested on the spot.

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  • chitetskoy

    ipa salvage na sila

  • sigena

    sana regalo nyo na lang yung nahuli kay mayor duterte

  • punto_lang

    Are you sure folks this is not a moro-moro pang papogi lang ng mga nakaupo? Nagtatanong lang.

    • sanjuan683

      Ano ba talaga kuya ang gusto mo huag hulihin, may sasabihin ka kapag hinuli may sinasabi ka din. Ikaw na nga kaya humuli?

  • resortman

    So, what solutions do we have to deter same incidents like this from happening? Where’s the Technology in this?

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  • kismaytami

    I-salvage na yang mga yan. Mabawasan pa ng palamunin sa kulungan ang taumbayan.

  • Luzviminda Bayani

    kahit saan sa pinas, mananakawan ka…..bayad ka ng tax, nanakawin ng mga senador at congressmen, iba pa yung hihinging lagay ng mga assessors at auditors at mga rank and file….sakay ka ng eroplano, nanakawan ka ng mga taga-BOI at customs….sumakay ka ng kotse, mga carnappers naman…mag-taxi ka, tatagain ka ng presyo ng taxi driver…sakay ka ng jeep at bus, mga holdapers naman…maglakad ka, snatchers naman….kumain ka sa restaurant, may kukuha ng bag mo o gadgets mo….nakakalungkot, kahit saan ka magpunta sa pinas, dapat pre-occupied ka ng paranoia dahil alam mong kada hakbang mo ay may nag-aabang na predator sa yo….sad.

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