A resident of Gigmoto who was caught trying to sell a laptop stolen from a public school in Virac last December has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Ariel Vargas Bondocoy, a native of Sicmil, had entered a guilty plea during arraignment at the Regional Trial Court shortly after he was charged with violation of Presidential Decree No. 1612, otherwise known as the Anti-Fencing Law.
After RTC Branch 42 Acting Presiding Judge Lelu P. Contreras inquired from Bondocoy whether he understood the consequences of his plea, both the complainant and the accused agreed that the straight six-year penalty be meted to enable him to avail of the benefits of probation.
Records of the case showed that in the evening of Dec. 16, teacher Marichu Tabuzo went to the ICT room of Capilihan Elementary School to lock the door as their Christmas party was then going on. While inside, she noticed that the black Acer laptop worth P25,000.00 was no longer in the open cabinet and could no longer be found. She later told the police that whoever stole it could have gained access through a manhole in the room and the principal’s office.
Less than hour after Tabuzo went to the police, businessman Diosdado Tatad Jr. was at Eddiesol Garden Café in Sta. Cruz when an unidentified man came to him to sell a black laptop for just P1,000.00. Suspecting that the gadget had been stolen, he told the man to open the laptop and when it was turned on, Tatad saw on the screen the DepEd logo and the marking “government property.” When he confronted the man, the latter ran away but was caught after a brief chase that ended in front of a videoke bar. The suspect later identified himself to the police as Bondocoy.