Waiter caught on cam stealing from restaurant nabbed

Posted at 09/05/14 9:14 PM

MANILA - The waiter who was caught on camera stealing from a restaurant in Binondo, Manila has been arrested, authorities said on Friday.

The suspect was identified as Rodante Pastrano, 33, a resident of Moriones, Manila.

According to Ruby Socorro Corpuz, an officer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Camiling, Tarlac, Pastrano went to their office on Friday morning asking for help.

"Humingi ng tulong kasi wala raw siyang pamasahe at nawawala," Corpuz said.

But Corpuz and Billy Joe Tejer, also from the DSWD, later found out that Pastrano was the man caught on camera stealing from a restaurant. The footage was shown on ABS-CBN's TV Patrol on Thursday.

The DSWD then immediately alerted the police, who subsequently arrested the suspect.

Pastrano admitted stealing from the restaurant, but claimed that he only borrowed the money and that he was going to return it.

"Ibabalik ko rin yun, hiniram ko lang sana yun," he said.

He also pointed to a certain Jhimmuel, his co-worker at the restaurant, as his cohort in the robbery. -- Report from Aldrin Soriano, ABS-CBN News North Central Luzon

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