A house helper and her boyfriend were arrested on suspicion of conniving with members of the “Dugo-Dugo Gang” after they handed over P1.3 million in cash and assorted jewelry to a woman who claimed their employer met an accident and in need of money in San Juan City Thursday.
In a report submitted to Eastern Police District (EPD) director Chief Supt. Bernabe Balba by San Juan Police chief Senior Supt. Dindo Reyes, the suspects, identified as Rica Escobar, 23, and her boyfriend Arvin Mangulban, 30, both stay-in house helpers were nabbed after their employer did not buy their story that they were duped by the gang.
Insp. Aldric Macatuggal, Criminal Investigation chief, said the victim, identified as Wilma Joven, 42, married, of 59 Wack-Wack St., Bgy, Addition Hills, San Juan City, lost P1,244,000 worth of assorted pieces of jewelry and P56,000 cash.
The two claimed that another housemaid, Rosemarie Primavera, received a phone call from an unidentified woman asking for Escobar at around 5:30 p.m.
Then Escobar talked to the unidentified woman on the phone and told her that her employer had met an accident and was in serious condition in a hospital and in need of money.
She was instructed by the caller to produce money and bring it to the hospital.
With this, the caller convinced Escobar and instructed her to get all valuables in her employer’s bedroom.
Macatuggal said Escobar went to the master’s bedroom and ordered his boyfriend Mangulban to forcibly open the vault and took its money and jewelries inside.
Mangulban proceeded to SM Sta. Mesa, Manila where the caller was waiting for them.
When they met, Mangulban turned over the cash and the jewelries to a woman described as of medium built, long hair, between 25 and 28 years old, who ordered him to just wait for her employer at their house.
The victim discovered the incident after she went home and found out that the vault inside her room was destroyed and its valuables and cash were missing.
The two house helpers insisted that they were duped by the gang. But her employer did not buy their story and believed that they have connived with the modus operandi of the “Dugo-Dugo gang”.
She immediately sought assistance from San Juan police.
The two house helpers were detained at the San Juan police detention cell and charged with qualified theft.