TWO “RETURNING” thieves were nabbed in two separate incidents on campus last July 20.

Security officers caught suspects Anna Rose Romero, 21 who stole two mobile phones; and Danilo Vargas, 22, who attempted to enter the campus using a fake identification card or ID.

Romero was caught at the multi-deck carpark around 2:45 p.m. with a bag containing a Nokia phone and a Samsung GT C3303K phone.

Security Office chief Joseph Badinas said this was the second time she was caught stealing inside the campus.

“The first time she was caught was last June 22 when she [stole] a C3 Nokia phone and a wallet that contained P1,400, at the carpark,”  he said. “The guard successfully confirmed (last July 20) that she was the same person.”

Romero was cornered by a security guard who followed and watched her actions outside the St. Raymund de Peñafort building near Dapitan Street that houses the Faculty of Arts and Letters and College of Commerce and Business Administration.

However, the stolen phones were not returned to the victims, all from the AMV-College of Accountancy, as they failed to identify the gadgets in Romero’s possession.

Meanwhile, Vargas, who was wearing a UST lanyard with a fake ID of a claw student named “Orlando Simeon,” was caught by security officer Jammy Masdo at Gate 11 on Dapitan Street.

“He used a different name to confuse the guards, [and] also to serve as an alibi to enter the University. But the security guard (Masdo) checked his ID and noticed it was fake,” said Badinas.

According to Badinas, the fake ID was produced at Recto Avenue.

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Vargas was caught stealing a mobile phone inside the campus last Dec. 22, security officials said. He already has a pending theft case.

Both suspects were put in the custody of the University Belt Area Police Station at P. Noval Street and will face charges of theft and illegal entry, respectively, Badinas said.


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