ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 28, 2008) – Police on Tuesday warned junk shop owners in Zamboanga City against buying stolen water meters, saying, they would violate the Presidential Decree (PD) 1612 or the Anti-Fencing Law.
Anti-fencing laws are designed to punish the people who sell stolen goods. The penalties vary from the amount of stolen goods.
The warning came after many residents in different villages complained they water meters were stolen. Police previously warned owners of junk shops to report persons who selling them water meters.
Most of the stolen waters are made from brass and bronze and junk shops pay a hefty price for the metals.
One complainant from the village of Baliwasan, Jamas Dino Antonio Carpio, told police that his water meter was stolen.
Police desk officer Cesar Castillo said stealing water meters has become a quick source of money for thieves.
“These water meters contain bronze material which they can sell to junk shops,” he said, adding, house owners should secure their water meters to protect it from thieves.
Dozens of water meters had been stolen in recent months in different villages in Zamboanga. Several persons were also arrested and charged of theft for stealing water meters. (Charlotte Yola Mira)