3rd World “Bling Ring”

So the village sent this newsletter once again inviting residents and househelp to learn about modus operandi groups targeting homeowners.

village newsletter

Last May 28, 2013, while I was recovering in bed, the maid runs up to the bedroom, sweating buckets.
“Ma’am, pahiram daw ng camera sabi ni Kuya Boy. Nahuli ang dugo-dugo gang sa kapit-bahay!”
(“Ma’am, Kuya Boy wants to borrow your camera. They’ve arrested the bloody burglars at the neighbors!”)

What the hell?
I would have run there myself if I weren’t in so much pain.
I gave her my camera, and saw the pictures a few minutes later.

suspects

The two suspects are seated on the floor, surrounded by homeowners, staff, and their loot?
According to our maid and driver, two teenagers went to the neighbor’s house while the homeowners were out.
The maid had let them in when they introduced themselves as relatives. But the maid started to think something was wrong when the teens went inside the bedrooms.
The maid had the presence of mind to run out and alert the security guards, who called the cops.

As you can imagine, the entire street and their grandmother ran out to check out the suspects whom they labeled the “dugo-dugo gang.”
Everyone who had a cellphone started taking photos, and the boy suspect reportedly yelled at them in English to f*ck off and “stop taking my picture!!”
Here’s the suspect’s car in front of the neighbor’s house. It had been tire-locked pending investigation.

Suspected robber on Melon Street

As soon as I had the photos, I tweeted them.
One of my Twitter followers was shocked when he recognized the boy in the photo as a troubled Ateneo student.
He was positively identified through the car’s plate number which I also tweeted.

My Twitter follower then called the suspect’s mother (who happens to be a lawyer) to inform her that her son had been arrested.
The mom began looking for her son in nearby precints and requested that I delete the tweets. So I did.
The following day the suspect’s car was no longer on our street, and I heard he had been released without charges.

Are these the 3rd world version of Bling Ring?
In 2009, five teens were arrested in Hollywood for burglarizing the homes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Audrina Patridge, to name a few.

This Friday, Sofia Coppola’s movie opens in theaters. (Her timing is impeccable.)
Interesting to note that Paris Hilton, one of the victims, has allowed Sofia to shoot in her home.
Watch!

http://theblingring.com/

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  • pat

    The following day the suspect’s car was no longer on our street, and I heard he had been released without charges. — so sad. ganun lang yun. pfft

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  • Ca Mille

    RA 9344 states that violators or offenders below 15 years old cannot be criminally liable, kaya marahil hindi nakulong yung suspect.SEC. 6. Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility. – A child fifteen (15) years of age or under at the time of the commission of the offense shall be exempt from criminal liability. However, the child shall be subjected to an intervention program pursuant to Section 20 of this Act.

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    CVS Reply:

    he’s older than 15

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  • http://www.elymentarykid.com/ Ely Concord III

    typical problems of troubled well off teenagers bored with their lives. grabe. I’m not surprised.

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  • nappyKAYE

    “Bloody Burglars” LOL! Dugo-dugo tawa ko dito. Hahaha!

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  • taniduvill

    Local version of Bling Ring… I want to see that movie. I love Emma Watson.

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  • retortingjk

    Ang sosyal naman ng culprit, “troubled Ateneo student”. Sa area namen kapag dugo-dugo gang member usually mukhang mabahong paang nasagasaan ng truck na may dalang sampung kabayo.

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  • Aileesa Lim

    Someone who lives in your village told me the guard who caught the kids said “may nangyari” in the master bedroom. Reportedly, there was blood on the sheets. *barf*

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  • Emil Sanchez

    These gangs have the best names : Dugo, Dura, and Suka.

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  • paderewski

    googled the bling ring and it’s been out since 2011. how come it’s only released here now?

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    paderewski Reply:

    wrong pala. it’s a tv show yung 2011

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  • GTM

    Googled the real Bling Ring tuloy, grabe yung list ng mga ninakawan. I’m so paranoid, I triple-check all our doors and windows before sleeping tapos these celebrities leave their doors unlocked? Hehe, naloka lang ako.

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    jojoloco Reply:

    Watched the film last night. Paris Hilton used to leave her keys under a mat. LOL

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  • teadrinker

    Sayang ang mga batang ito. Privileged, but…

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  • joelcruise

    We were nearly victimized by “dugo-dugo” a few years back but our conclusion was that it was our maid herself who was into it. The policeman I talked to pointed out a variation on the scheme, where the maid is part of the syndicate and she is just a “fall guy” once the loot has been taken out of the house. It’s because you can’t press any substantial charges against the maid once she is “left behind” as the one who made the mistake of letting the burglars in or giving your valuables to the gang. Most you can do is have it blottered… but you cannot charge her with accessory to the crime without strong evidence and of course she will deny it to death. We let her go but only a month later we found on the landline billing a series of calls made from a specific cellphone, which was also the number she claimed she didn’t know who ordered her to ransack our home… so the policeman’s theory was true.

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  • JanineVincent

    While I was reading this it did remind me of the bling ring. Then you mentioned it. I know that this sofia coppola film will only glamorize this type of crime even more and probably inspire more teens to do the same. Oh wow, our future is in their hands. Good luck to us.

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    Katrina
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    I don’t think the movie “glamorizes” the crime per se. It’s actually less about the crime and more about the wide-eyed fascination and obsession the Bling Ring kids had with celebrities and their lifestyle.

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  • Mon Yadao

    ‘Released without charges’? – Re-publish the pics & details.

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    JanineVincent Reply:

    yeah why not? why listen to her? post it, I want to see!

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    CVS Reply:

    the mom is a lawyer

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    reese Reply:

    hehhe lawyer lang pala katapat

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    hew me Reply:

    lol

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    joelcruise Reply:

    Swerte ng bata. Then again, it might be precisely he knows he can get away with things.

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    sandz Reply:

    tama ang ginawa mo kc bata yan, usually pag minor ang tawag diyan CICL nd pd tawaging suspect

  • hew me

    shouldn’t have deleted the tweets IMO

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    Monica Iriberri Reply:

    Sayang hindi ko naabutan yung tweet. Baka naman peg lang talaga nila ang Bling Ring.

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    Jude Lopez Mancuyas Reply:

    Yeah and they were trying to steal Lacostes and Zaras. Sweet.

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