Authorities arrested on Friday two suspected members of an Akyat-Bahay gang for allegedly stealing religious antiques in Parañaque City.
The suspects were identified as Resty Lazaro, 23, and Mark Ivan Bernabe, 25, both residents of Barangay San Antonio in Parañaque City.
Philippine National Police chief Police General Debold Sinas said investigation showed the suspects entered the house of Enrico Deogracias Francisco in Barangay San Antonio through a sliding side door left open.
Francisco said a Jesus Christ crucifix, Virgin Mary image in a glass case, a bell, a Sto. Niño image, brass pitchers, wood carvings and a painting were among the items stolen from his collection.
He reported the burglary to the Parañaque Police Station.
However, driving back to his house, Francisco saw one of the suspects carrying a green eco bag with a crucifix sticking out.
Francisco immediately went back to the police station and reported the matter, prompting the cops to conduct the arrest. —KG, GMA News