MANILA, Philippines – Police warned the public against a new kidnap modus operandi involving grocery stores in Manila.
Recently, the 2-week-old baby boy of Mary Jane Abes was kidnapped by a woman only identified as “Jenny” in Isetann Supermarket in Carriedo.
Abes said she was approached by Jenny in Quiapo and offered to lend her P500 in cash and P500 in groceries.
Because Abes was having a hard time with finances, she agreed.
Footage from a closed-circuit television (CCTV) showed that Jenny was carrying Abes’s baby John while the mother was busy buying groceries.
Jenny then disappeared with John before they reached the check-out counter.
“Pagkabayad ko doon sa cashier, paglingon ko wala na siya. Hinabol ko na kaagad,” said Abes.
Abes said she made an attempt to find Jenny and her baby inside the grocery but they were nowhere to be found.
Police said it's possible that Abes and her baby were observed before they were targeted.
“Maaari itong ipa-adopt o kaya nama’y ibenta sa mga couples na walang anak,” said Philippine National Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz.
Manila officials immediately put up a P35,000 reward for information leading to the suspect.
The suspect's picture was also plastered in Quiapo, Manila.
Those with information on the incident may contact 0927-7832836. -- Report from Jing Castañeda, ABS-CBN News