Suspect who allegedly stole church equipment charged

THE OFFICE of the City Prosecutor has indicted a man for stealing and selling church musical instruments at Kabayan Relocation, Barangay Tibungco, Bunawan District last Dec. 18.

Rohelo Miguel was charged for robbery and violation of Anti-Fencing Law by Prosecutor Grace Lydda Lariego.

Lariego, in a resolution dated Jan. 4, found probable cause to indict Miguel as some of the stolen items were still in his possession during his arrest.

“The mere possession of stolen properties by express provision of law is prima facie evidence of fencing,” the resolution read.

The case stemmed from the complaint filed by Norton L. Luyang, who went to Bunawan police to report that two electric guitars and an electric piano were missing from church compound.

After a few minutes, police received a tip that Miguel was trying to sell two electric guitars. The informant also said that the instruments were stolen from the Church of God World Mission of the Philippines.

Miguel was arrested after he received the P2,000 marked money from the cop, who acted as buyer, in exchange of the two guitars. The guitar was later identified by Luyang as one of the musical instruments stolen from them. The electrical guitars were valued at P20,000 while the piano was valued at P12,779.

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