A man believed to have been behind a series of burglaries and carnappings was arrested by intelligence officers of the Tagbilaran City Police Station (TCPS) for allegedly breaking into an 18-year-old woman’s room and stealing jewelry and a cellphone on Wednesday.
Suspect Roneil Espanola, a 29-year-old resident of Barangay San Agustin, Sagbayan, was collared through an entrapment operation led by Sr. Insp. Erano Regidor.
Prior to the arrest, police reportedly received a complaint from a resident of Maria Clara St., Tagbilaran City indicating that a cellphone and pieces of jewelry were stolen from her room in a boarding house.
Victim Marian Tagactac, a student of the University of Bohol, told investigators that she made a deal with the suspect who turned out to be Espanola.
She reportedly told Espanola that she will be buying back the stolen items.
Espanola allegedly asked for P1,000 and to have sexual intercourse with the victim in exchange for the stolen belongings.
This prompted police to set up the entrapment operation against the suspect.
Authorities said that Espanola and Tagactac met at the corner of Lamdagan and Benigno Aquino Jr. Streets in Tagbilaran City.
After Tagactac handed over the money to Espanola, police immediately pounced on the suspect.
Tagactac recovered the stolen items while Espanola was also caught in possession of one pack of shabu, police said.
Burglary and illegal drug possession charges will be filed against the suspect. (WM)