- Three suspected thieves were arrested in an elementary school in Ilocos Norte
- However, they denied allegations of robbery; with one saying he only wanted to spend the night with his boyfriend
- The three are currently in police custody while one accomplice who served as lookout escaped
Three members of a notorious robbery gang in Ilocos Norte were arrested after they allegedly broke into a school building.
The suspected thieves were found inside one of the classrooms of the Patad Elementary School in Barangay 7 in the town of Sarrat.
Police said that the suspects, Hilario Salines, Reymund Manio, and Justine Balagat, forced their way in and broke the lock of the door of the Grade 5 classroom.
Another suspect named Dexie Duldulao, who served as the group’s lookout, had escaped with around P1,000 in cash.
However, the suspects denied that they had intended to rob the school; with one insisting that he had only wanted to have an intimate moment with his boyfriend and spend the night in the classroom.
“Wala naman kaming balak na magnakaw. Mag-loving-loving lang sana kami ni boyfriend. [We didn’t have any intention to rob. We just wanted to have loving-loving with my boyfriend],” Manio, who was arrested with his partner Balagat, told ABS-CBN News.
However, the police are not buying their story.
Senior Inspector Romeo Carlet Jr. said that the suspects are also believed to be involved in a series of robbery incidents in the town.
The suspects Salines, Manio, and Balagat are currently under police custody while their accomplice Duldulao currently remains at large.
Watch the report by ABS-CBN News here: