P20-million stolen antiques in La Union recovered

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SAN JUAN, La Union: Authorities on Monday recovered P20 million worth of antiques and appliances which were stolen a month ago at the house of a Catholic priest in Barangay Ili Sur in this town.

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San Juan police chief Senior Inspector Rudy Tagalicud said that a caretaker of the ancestral house of Fr. Ambrocio Lopez-Cabildo, who is currently abroad, reported that the antiques and appliances were missing at the house’s stockroom.

Tagalicud said the door knob of the stockroom was broken when they inspected the area.

“The stockroom and also the guest house were ransacked and disarrayed. Some expensive antiques like the gold monstrance walled with ivory head of Holy Family, assorted chalices, 13 pieces of coins crafted in 1800, a tabernacle, silver spoons and forks, a mesita, figurine brass vase, candle holders, sofa, and appliances like LCD TV and electric fan were missing. All were estimated worth P20 million,” Tagalicud said.

James Amor, the house caretaker, told the police that around 2 a.m. on May 15, he saw two suspects enter the priest’s house.

Amor identified one of the suspects as Agustin Cabildo, 36, nephew of Fr. Cabildo, who is residing in Bacoor, Cavite, while the other was not identified but believed to be a friend of Agustin.

Amor said the suspects took away the items using a Montero vehicle with plate number AEZ 390.

Amor failed to immediately report the incident because of fear.

Tagalicud said that aside from Amor, other witnesses appeared and informed them where the suspects brought the items.

“For more than three weeks, we finally recovered the stolen antiques and appliances, which were pawned at a pawnshop in Pampanga. The pawnshop owner voluntarily surrendered the items after we explained to them that those items were stolen,” Tagalicud added.

Tagalicud said that criminal charges were already filed against the suspects.

PNA

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