A man who introduced himself as an official of the Bacolod City Police duped employees of a publishing house in Brgy. Taculing and took the cellular phones of four of its workers yesterday.
Marlon Rosalita, one of the employees of the Philippine Publishing house told the DAILY STAR that the suspect, who introduced himself as “Chief Insp. Archie Villanueva” who was in plain clothes arrived at their work place at about 4 p.m. Monday
Villanueva claimed to be formerly assigned in Iloilo and recently transferred to the finance department of the Bacolod Police. He also claimed that his family owns the Sta. Fe and the Mambucal resorts. Villanueva also then arranged to purchase books worth P180,000 for the scholars of the publishing house, Rosalita said.
About 8 p.m., Villanueva called someone on his cellular phone and asked to be picked up by a patrol car but no one arrived until he decided to leave about midnight yesterday, Rosalita also said.
When Villanueva was gone he said, his colleagues found out that their cellular phones and jacket were missing, but he left the books he ordered. One of their companions claimed he had seen Villanueva leaving.
The suspect left his bull cap and his defective cellular phone at the publishing house.
Bacolod City Police Officer-in-charge Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel said there is no Chief Insp. Archie Villanueva assigned at the BCPO finance.
Ordaniel advised the public to report to the nearest police station if they encounter a similar incident.
The suspect is described to be about 5 feet and 9 inches tall, slim and with a fair complexion.*APN