Cops nab suspected thief in North Cotabato

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/24 January)– Police arrested here an alleged notorious thief operating in North Cotabato at around 8 a.m. Thursday.

Insp. Arniel Melocotones, Kidapawan deputy police chief, said 19-year old Jestoni Saban was nabbed inside his rented house at Sinsuat Extension following a surveillance operation.

Saban resisted arrest and attempted to escape but the arresting team overpowered him, the official said.

The suspect is facing two counts of robbery in Kidapawan City, and another in nearby Makilala town.

He is also reportedly charged with arson after he and his group allegedly burned a housing unit in a subdivision here after ransacking it.

These cases were filed against him when he was still a minor, police records showed.

Saban was first arrested in March 2010, and as a minor, was detained inside the police’s youth custodial center.

But he escaped from the center allegedly with the help of his father, Danilo Saban, who was shot dead by motorcycle-riding gunmen in April 2012, police records said.

Melocotones said they are looking into the possibility that Saban was part of the group that ransacked the Davao Central Warehouse here last week. (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)