5 suspected intruders in Tarlac caught utilizing GPS monitoring

An archive photo of a Global Positioning System device

MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga – Police tracked down and arrested five suspected burglars in San Manuel, Tarlac, after Global Positioning System (GPS) software installed in one of the stolen cell phones told law enforcement officers their location.

Tarlac Police Director Colonel Renante Cabico identified the arrested suspects as Angelito Obana, 21; Marlon Valdez, 22; Derrick Almazan, 24; Joseph Regusante, 21; and a 17 year old male.

The investigation revealed that an Alfie Tangca went home at around 6:30 p.m. on July 27 at Barangay San Felipe, San Manuel and found his home ransacked. Two watches, three cell phones, two cases of beer and 10,000 pesos in cash were missing.

The victim immediately reported the incident to the San Manuel Police Department and helped them locate one of the missing phones via GPS.

As soon as the GPS showed the location of the missing phone, police officers went to a rice mill, also located in Barangay San Felipe, and found the suspects and the stolen items in the building.

Cabico said the inventory of the stolen items was carried out in the presence of village officials.

He said the arrested suspect would be charged with robbery.

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