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Thief arrested after being trapped inside pawnshop in Cebu City for hours

By: Paul Lauro - Multimedia Correspondent - CDN Digital | December 14,2023 - 08:21 AM


Thief arrested after being trapped inside pawnshop in Cebu City for hours

This is the establishment in Cebu City where a thief was trapped when he triggered a security alarm, which locked down the establishment. | Paul Lauro

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A thief landed in jail after being trapped inside a pawnshop here for several hours on Thursday, December 14.

Enforcers from Cebu City’s K9 Unit first responded to a burglary alarm along N. Bacalso Avenue on Thursday dawn.

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The alarm came from the security alert system of a popular pawnshop and remittance outlet located near a private university along the highway.

A few minutes later, police from the Labangon Police Station led by its chief, Police Major Angelito Valleser, went to the area and found out that somebody broke inside the pawnshop, and failed to escape.

Officers from Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) were also deployed to the site.

The thief was identified as Juanito Dilvo Jr., 27, from Agusan Del Sur. Dilvo currently resides in Mandaue City.

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Dilvo had been trapped inside the pawnshop for several hours, police confirmed. When he entered the establishment, he triggered the pawnshop’s security alarm and the establishment automatically went into lockdown.

Law enforcers had to conduct negotiations, which lasted for an hour, after Dilvo reportedly tried to take his own life with his gun.

Fortunately, negotiations went smoothly and Dilvo agreed to be escorted outside the establishment around 7:10 a.m.

Police also confiscated a .38 caliber revolver from the thief, who is now under the custody of the Labangon Police Station.


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