Police operatives from the provincial command and Tubigon police station arrested the suspect in a v-hire robbery, for possession of shabu on May 15 near the Tubigon wharf. The Tubigon Police Station led by PSInsp. Vener Santos caught one Alexander Romero, 29 years old, single and resident of Sitio Bugtonglubi in barangay Lapacan Sur, Inabanga in possession of a medium-size pack containing “shabu,” two pieces metal clip and two pieces plastic heat sealer.
Romero was the subject of surveillance and investigation for being one of the suspects in the two V-Hire Armed Robberies which happened in Getafe and Inabanga, Bohol on March 16 and May 10, 2009 , respectively. After the arrest, the suspect was brought to Talibon Police Station where some of the victims of the two V-Hire robberies were gathered for possible identification. Without any hesitation, three victims positively identified Romero as one of the suspects in the said two V Hire robberies. As an offshoot of the twin robberies, PSSUPT EDGARDO INGKING, Provincial Director of the Bohol PNP called for a meeting of all Chiefs of Police on May 11, 2009 to discuss proactive measures in preventing similar robbery in the future. Some of the steps identified during the meeting were:
Request V-Hire Operators to submit their drivers for background investigation by the Bohol PNP in coordination with LTFRB; Ensure compliance by drivers of the V Hire Franchise in coordination with LTO to pick up passengers in terminals only and apprehend those who pick up passengers along the way; Invite V Hire Operators, LTO and LTFRB representatives for a meeting with the PNP to ensure support the abovementioned proactive steps; and All police stations to intensify intelligence gathering and maximize visibility patrol and conduct of checkpoints to preempt similar robbery. On May 19, 2009 , a criminal complaint for illegal possession of dangerous drugs was filed at the Provincial Prosecutor's Office against the suspect Romero. Separate complaints for armed robbery will be filed by Getafe and Inabanga Police Stations as soon as affidavits from witnesses are taken. Currently, Romero is detained at Camp Dagohoy Lockup jail. Both robberies were carried out by suspects who were picked up somewhere along the route and escaped later through a waiting get-away motorcycle in violation of the V Hire franchise. Both V-Hire vans travel the Tagbilaran-Talibon route. Further follow-up investigation is ongoing to identify and arrest the rest of the suspects.