MANILA - The singer of '90s pop band Stephen Speaks almost lost his smartphone, where he keeps a lot of his recent works, to a suspected thief during a gig in Bacolod City, Saturday night.
CCTV footage in a resto-bar shows an audioman clad in a black shirt saw the phone left by American singer-songwriter Rockwell Ryan Ripperger on a table.
Instead of reporting it to the authorities, the man, later on identified as Randy Sumugat, laid over a bag on the phone.
While the singer was busy signing autographs, Sumugat took his time fixing audio wire cables before sneaking out the venue with the American's phone.
Ripperger immediately reported his lost phone to the bar owners who quickly reviewed the CCTV footage. The suspect was apprehended shortly.
The popular singer said he got worried because he keeps a lot of his latest compositions in his phone, one of which is a song dedicated to the wounded soldiers who fought in Marawi City.
Sumugat returned the phone of Ripperger and apologized. He refused to be interviewed on-cam but claimed that what transpired was "unintentional."
He said he forgot to notify the authorities and return the smartphone to its owner hours after his attention was called.
In a text message, concert organizer Joe Louie Baylon said what happened "was an isolated case." He said the Stephen Speaks singer had a great time and is looking forward to return.
Stephen Speaks is a pop band behind the hit singles "Passenger Seat" and "Out of my League."