House helper arrested for stealing P1.4-M worth of gadgets, jewelry in Zamboanga

Dynah Diestro, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 26 2018 08:50 PM

DIPOLOG CITY—A house helper was arrested Wednesday in an entrapment operation by authorities here after her employers reported missing jewelry and gadgets.

Genalyn Ombo, 23, used to work as a housekeeper for the Esplana family in Barangay Galas, where the suspect and other house helpers were left alone in the house.

Authorities traced the suspect when her employer called, extending financial assistance to her sick mother. 

“She took the bait that the family will extend financial assistance,” said Chief Insp. Evelyn Porras, spokesperson of Dipolog City Police.

The missing items totaled P1.4 million. 

Upon Ombo’s arrest, some of the items were recovered but the diamond jewelry, DSLR camera, and luggage remain missing.

The suspect has been charged with qualified theft.