2 minors take advantage of lockdown, rob Ecija jewelry shop

SAN JOSE CITY – Apparently taking advantage of the city-wide lockdown where several commercial establishments are closed due to the enhanced community quarantine, two  alleged minors broke into a jewelry repair shop at the city public market and carted away over P100,000 worth of valuables here on Monday.

Robbed was the Donato Jewelry Repair shop at the city public market in Bgy. Rafel Rueda Sr.

City police head Lt. Col. Heryl Bruno said its owners, identified as Donato Gonzales, 53, of Alaska St., Bgy. Sto. Niño 2nd, and Marlito Gonzales, 51, of Bgy. Sibut, sought police help after learning the robbery at 4 p.m.

The two victims said two unidentified suspects forced their way inside the store by destroying its ceiling before carting away several pieces of jewelry.

During the of follow-up investigation, Bruno said  two out-of-school youths, aged 13 and 17, were the alleged suspects, based on CCTV footages they recovered.

He said a subsequent operation led to the arrest of the 13-year-old suspect at his house in Sta. Romana St., Bgy. Abar 1st while his cohort, a resident of ASB Habitat Village, Bgy. Sto Niño 3rd, eluded arrest.

Recovered from the arrested suspect were same  of the looted jewelry items.

Bruno said the minor was turned over to the Children's Rehabilitation Center while charges of robbery (force upon things) are now being readied for filing against the duo before the city prosecutor's officer here.