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Which is hotter, chili pepper or ginger?

For two male thieves, ginger apparently is “hotter” than siling labuyo.

One of them who recently stole 10 kilos of chili pepper from a vendor at the Cloverleaf Market in Balintawak, Quezon City was caught by the victim’s helper before he could get away and was turned over to police. The 18-year-old thief was detained at the La Loma police station while the P2,000 worth of labuyo he tried to steal was recovered and returned to the vendor.

The other thief who allegedly stole four sacks of ginger failed to convert the goods to cash as he was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Barangay Binuangan, Dupax del Norte, Nueva Vizcaya.

According to the town police chief, the body of Romeo Biado of Barangay Alloy in Kasibu town was found by the roadside and bore three gunshot wounds. Near the body was the victim’s delivery tricycle and sacks of ginger. Bullet casings fired from a .38 caliber gun were found at the scene of the crime. Villagers claimed the victim was a suspect in the series of ginger thefts in the area.

Another theft this week involved a man and his pregnant wife who wanted to give popular online shopping platforms a run for their money. However, the couple’s business model was faulty as they sourced their merchandise from a department store in Pasay City without paying the owners of the establishment.

The couple’s social media enterprise, however, was short-lived as it ran out of stock. Also, the couple, both 35 years old, can no longer physically trade goods online.

In their recent visit to the department store, the guard caught them shoplifting expensive shoes, sandals and other items worth P32,000. They ended up detained at the Pasay City Police Station.

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