Burglar couple using sleeping gas arrested for gun

October 10, 2018

AN ice cream vendor and his live-in partner allegedly involved in a series of burglary using sleeping gas were arrested after the former was seen brandishing his unlicensed firearm Tuesday night in Malabon City.

Malabon Police Community Precinct (PCP) 3 head Senior Insp. Carlos Cosme said Restituto Ogana, 33, and his live-in partner Geraldine Atanoso, 28, were nabbed at 8:30 p.m. in Block 7G, Lot 21, Dagat-Dagatan, Bgy. Longos, after a concerned citizen informed them how the suspect flagrantly displayed his unlicensed cal. .9mm Beretta with magazine loaded with three live bullets.

When frisked, police recovered from Ogana three heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing undetermined quantity of shabu and a cal. 9mm pistol while his live-in partner also yielded a plastic sachet of shabu.

When the suspects were turned over by Senior Insp. Cosme to Station Investigation and Detective Management Branch (SIDMB) at the main headquarters of Malabon police, investigators noticed that the couple resembled the faces of the suspects involved in a series of burglary using sleeping gas on their victims to ensure they were not disturbed during the break-in.

When police reviewed the footage captured by a closed circuit television camera (CCTV) of one of the victims in recent burglary in their area of jurisdiction, the two were positively identified as the suspects who sprayed sleeping gas into the house of their victims.

Newly-installed Malabon police chief Senior Supt. Jessie Tamayao said they are calling the attention of all the victims of unsolved burglaries for the past six months in the city to identify the suspects who were arrested by elements of PCP-3.

Case investigator PO3 Randy Billedo said an initial case for violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Act and RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the suspects before the Malabon City Prosecutor’s Office.