Snatching victim decries return of ‘riding-in-tandem’ robbers





MABALACAT CITY — A victim of a recent snatching incident in this city has decried the prevalence of robbery incidents near a bus terminal in Barangay Dau here.

Journalist Minerva Zamora Arceo, who lost P3,100 cash, credit cards, identification cards and other valuables in a recent incident, said she was informed that several commuters and residents were victimized by robbers on board motorcycles or what the police call “riding in tandem.” Arceo, senior writer of Central Luzon Business Week, said she was crossing a road near the Dau Bus Terminal when two men riding a pink motorcycle grabbed her wallet. The victim described one of the suspects, who took her black wallet, as slim, 5 feet 6 inches in height, wearing plain white shirt and short pants and slippers. The driver of the motorcycle on the other hand was described as medium-built, stands about 5 feet 8 inches, wearing pink shirt and maong shorts, and slippers.

The suspects fled towards Barangay Duquit also in this city after carting away the victim’s wallet. Arceo sustained minor injuries after falling when the suspects assaulted her. She called the attention of the city officials to assign policemen in the area to protect the bus passengers and also the residents. Crimes against property are expected to go high as the Christmas season approaches, according to Arceo.

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