3rd World “Bling Ring”
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So the village sent this newsletter once again inviting residents and househelp to learn about modus operandi groups targeting homeowners.

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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.


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.

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