Snatching suspects give up after series of crimes in city

The top suspect on the spate of snatching in the city voluntarily surrendered to police on Friday after getting prodded by the parents following a visit by the police.

John Alfred Samonte, 18, surrendered to police authorities after being pinpointed as the alleged leader of a group of minors engaged in snatching activities in the city.

The minors allegedly under him also surrendered with the help of the parents and admitted to have committed the crime.

City police chief Supt. Patricio Degay Jr. said the top suspect allegedly led a group of minors in the city and also operated in other towns as well.

After a spate of reports of snatching, the city police launched a follow-up operation against the suspects.

The identity of the suspects was confirmed via CCTV footages.

The police went to the homes of the suspect and prodded the parents to turnover the suspects to police custody.

The leader was caught by the police with the alleged snatched item, which was identified by the victim who lodged a complaint to the police.

As the police rounded up the minors, they pointed to Samonte, allegedly as the one who is leading them.

The police said there is another group operating and conducting snatching activities in the city.

A gang known as Tagbilaran Vines, reportedly operating and subject to a follow-up operation by the city police.

The police are asking victims to report to the PNP headquarters in the city if ever they have been victimized by snatchers and file appropriate charges.

Degay confirmed to the Tribune that the police are preparing for robbery with violence and intimination charges against the suspect.

TIPS AGAINST SNATCHING

The best defense against snatching is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Degay offered several tips to the community in order to prevent crimes from happening.

He said, as much as possible, to be alert and have a presence of mind. Being alert about the surroundings will help thwart potential crimes from happening.

Always keep a low profile and avoid displaying or flashing expensive items or pieces of jewelry that can attract the attention of snatchers.

He added, avoid being an easy target by putting an eye always on your belongings.

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