Thieves break into Vigan school

Bryan Realgo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 18 2016 04:49 PM | Updated as of Aug 18 2016 05:29 PM

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VIGAN, Ilocos Sur – Thieves broke into Tamag Elementary School in Vigan Wednesday night and stole several items from the school's computer room.

"Bubuksan ko sana yung tangke ng tubig, tapos nakita ko na lang na may isang monitor na nasa baba ng pintuan. Nang lumapit ako, nakita ko na sira na ang kandado," said janitor Francis Socias, who discovered the break-in.

School officials said 2 computer monitors, 2 CPUs, two internet routers, one printer, a speaker, and a mouse were missing.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Scene of the Crime Operatives found footprints from two adults and said the thieves probably took advantage of the rain on Wednesday, as less people were likely to be around.

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Vigan City chief or police Superintendent Jugith del Prado said the thieves were probably locals.

"Kung titignan natin, dalawa lang yung kinuha nila. Madami pa ang natirang computers. Kung organized group iyan, malamang kinuha na lahat," Del Prado said.

A school official, saddened by the break-in, asked the thieves to consider their children’s future. 

"Sana naman maawa sila sa paaralan, nagpapakahirap tayo sa pag-request o paghingi [ng kagamitan] para magkaroon ng gagamitin ang mga anak nila para sa kanilang pag-aaral," said Victoria Albano, the school's head teacher.

"Sana huwag niyo naman idamay pa ang mga bagay na malaki ang maitutulong para matuto ang mga anak niyo."

UNDER COVER OF RAIN

The Ilocos Sur Police Provincial Office recorded at least five incidents of theft in the province since last week, when rain fell continuously due to habagat, or the southwest monsoon. 

On Monday, a school was also robbed in Bantay, Ilocos Sur, and other incidents were recorded in the town of Magsingal and Sinait. In the town of Santa, 15 pieces of corrugated G.I. sheets and six plywood pieces used in a farm were stolen ransacked by unidentified suspects.

"Bahagi na yan ng modus nila to take advantage sa pag-ulan na walang tao sa mga nanakawan o kaya naman tulog ang mga tao. We already advised our chief of police to conduct continuous patrolling," said Ilocos Sur Police Community Relations head Chief Inspector Greg Guerrero.

The police also asked the public to be on alert, and to take measures to secure their homes and property.