2 minors nabbed for stealing fighting cocks in Carcar

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AT LEAST two minor suspects who allegedly stole five fighting cocks were arrested, while their cohort escaped during a police operation around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 25, 2022, in Barangay Ocaña, Carcar City, southern Cebu.

The names of the suspects, aged 16 and 17, were withheld for being minors, but their leader was identified as Antonio Tejada Jr., 28, of Sitio Lagang, Barangay Ocaña.

Tejada eluded arrest.

The arrest came after a certain Israel Pezaña Abarquez, single, of Mancao Subdivision, Sitio Awayan, Barangay Poblacion 3, Carcar City, reported to the police station that his cocks trained for derby events were stolen.

Abarquez's complaint was also supported by his friend, who was also able to take photos of the suspects, whom he caught in the act of selling the fighting cocks, through his cellphone.

"Nahinumduman niya nga gikawatan iyang barkada og mga manok, iyang gi-pikturan, gi-send sa messenger may gani nailhan niya," Cabagnot said.

(He remembered that the roosters of his friend were stolen when he saw the guys. He took pictures of them and sent it to messenger).

Lieutenant Colonel Cabagnot, chief of Carcar Police Station, said they immediately conducted the operation that resulted in the arrest of the two minor suspects.

The 17-year-old suspect was still holding a rooster when the police arrived.

"Na-shock mi kay pagsuhid sa tropa sa area, kining 17 anyos naghupot sa manok! Among gi-ingnan ikaw na sab? Abi namo nagbag-o naka," said Cabagnot.

(We were shocked upon seeing the 17-year-old suspect who was holding the rooster. We told him 'you again'? We thought you have already reformed).

Cabagnot said he took pity of the 17-year-old boy, whom he described as a good person but was forced to do the crime after being intimidated and influenced by Abarquez.

The Carcar police chief said the boy was previously caught breaking into a store last month and even asked their help for him to be baptized in the church.

The owner of the store forgave the suspect and decided not to file a case against him.

After being released, Cabagnot said the boy fled from his place and reportedly went to his leader.

The Carcar police chief said they would help the boy attend school for him to be reformed, even though they know that the latter had been using illegal substance, including rugby.

Cabagnot said that crimes involving minors are one of the problems they are facing in the city.

He, however, was grateful to the residents for providing information about the crime incidents and illegal drug activities in their area that led to the immediate solution of the case.

Police recovered from the suspects the five fighting cocks and a motorcycle with no plate number.

It was learned that the suspects sold the roosters at P500 each.

The minors are temporarily put under the custody of the Women and Children's Protection Desk of the Carcar Police Station while waiting for their turnover to the Department of Social Welfare and Development. (GPL, TPT)