Minor nabbed in Toledo for cutting cable wires

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A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was arrested for stealing cable wires on Tuboran Street, Barangay Luray 2, Toledo City, southwest Cebu on Sunday afternoon, May 29, 2022.

Staff Sergeant Fredenil Cabañero, desk officer of Toledo City Police Station, said the minor suspect is part of the Batang Kagaw group, a term used in Toledo for street children, of Sitio Kener, Barangay Poblacion, Toledo City.

Cabañero also said that the minor suspect had to fend for himself after his parents went to Manila.

Cabañero told SunStar Cebu that the suspect was caught stealing the cable wires of Globe Telecom by the roving tanods around 2:50 p.m. Sunday.

The tanods, led by Timoteo Cabase Salazar, arrested the minor and turned him over to the Toledo City Police Station.

The suspect admitted cutting the cable wires so he could sell these and earn money to provide for his needs.

The minor suspect will be turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the proper disposition of his case.

"Since minor man ni ang suspect, e turn over ra gihapon ni sa DSWD. Gibutang sa ni for the meantime sa atong custodial facility kay puno sad didto (Since the suspect is a minor, he will still be turned over to the DSWD. He was temporarily put in our custodial facility because it was full there)," Cabañero added.

But Cabañero said that if the suspect will be proven not a minor, he will be charged with malicious misconduct case, which is punishable by imprisonment or a fine of not less than the value of the damage caused and not more than P40,000, if the amount involved does not exceed P40,000 or cannot be estimated.

Cabañero said that around 8:35 a.m. the following day, the PLDT representatives went to their station and said that they were willing to file a case against the suspect because their wires were also damaged. (GDC, TPT)

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