LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — Three cattle rustlers were arrested by lawmen in separate towns of Pangasinan on Sunday, February 28 and are now charged with violation of Presidential Decree No. 533.
First to be arrested at 10:30 a.m. in Barangay Lichauco, Tayug was Jonathan Ventura, 31, of Barangay Panganiban, Tayug.
He stole two cows owned by one Manuel Maceda, 69, of Barangay Lawak, Tayug, which were then being pastured in the field by caretaker John Tolete, 35, of Lichauco, Tayug.
Ventura was about to sell the cows to Gaudencio Quimo, 48, a businessman, of Barangay Siblot, San Nicolas, Pangasinan in the amount of Php35,000.
The sale was not consummated with the timely arrival of the group of Councilman Ronnie Fabia of Barangay Lichauco who arrested Ventura.
Arrested in Barangay Balite Sur, San Carlos City at about 11:30 a.m. of February 28, were Ronald Austria, 35, and Bonito Rosario, 37, a businessman of Barangay Don Pedro, Malasiqui.
Lawmen recovered from the custody of the suspects one male cattle, more or less four years old, and valued at some P50,000.
Lito Boy Magleo, 27, caretaker of the cow, of Barangay Anando San Carlos City reported that his cow was stolen from its tying place at around 2:00 a.m. of February 28.
He reported the incident to the barangay captain of Anando who subsequently reported the matter to the San Carlos City Police.
This resulted in the recovery of the stolen cow in Balite Sur from the possession of the suspects who were already on board a Honda motorized tricycle with receptacle called “garong” bearing Plate # 6010 ZI driven by Austria.
The suspects and the recovered cow as well as the Honda motorized tricycle (garong) used by the suspects are now in the custody of San Carlos City police for proper investigation and disposition.
The San Carlos City police are now preparing formal complaints against the arrested suspects before the City Prosecutor’s Office. PNA/northboundasia.com