ZAMBOANGA CITY- A man was arrested here Thursday after stealing a sack of rice amid the shortage of supply.
The suspect reportedly pretended to help the owner of the sack of rice who was waiting for a jeepney in one of the terminals in the city proper, Investigator PO2 Michael Tarroza said.
A resident of Barangay Mampang and a father of three, the suspect later ran away with the sack of rice but was noticed by bystanders and was eventually caught.
He denied trying to steal it and insisted that he was just trying to help its owner.
The incident comes after Zamboanga City was placed under a state of calamity due to rice shortage and as rice prices soared to P50 to P70 per kilo.
Police are still waiting for the formal complaint against the suspect.