Tuesday, February 3, 2015

P100K offered for info on Master Square robbers

NAGA CITY— Master Square Department Store is offering a P100,000 bounty for information that would lead to the arrest of any of the two unidentified men who carted away more than P2 million in cash, along with grocery items from the supermart.

This information was relayed to BICOL STANDARD by Public Information Officer SPO1 Toby Bongon of the police here.

Bongon said that, Alain Dy, one of the owners of the supermart, personally went to the police station in Barlin St. to inform authorities that they are hoping that the reward would encourage anyone who has information, to come forward and identify perpetrator of the store heist.

“The criminals must be put behind bars so that others will not be victimized by said burglars,” Dy added.

It was earlier reported that images of the robbers were captured by closed-circuit television cameras installed within the supermart, however, the footage was not very clear making positive identification of the malefactors impossible.

One angle that the Police are considering is that the incident may have been an “inside job” considering the seeming knowledge of the burglars of the location of the vault.

It will be remembered that the robbery of the supermart located at J. Hernandez Ave., Igualdad, Naga City was suspected to have occurred between 8:00pm of 18 January 2015 to 19 January 2015.

At around 1 AM, the burglars climbed the high wall of the said building located at the vacant lot/ swampy area of Barangay Igualdad here with the aid of a makeshift ladder.

Once at the rooftop, they destroyed the padlock using a crow bar and iron saw.

They proceeded to the second floor main office, forcibly opened the door of the office, and then took away the cash of an undetermined amount inside the room.

Burglars then descended to the office located at the ground floor.

Once inside, the office, they seized the movable vault , destroyed the lock and took at least P2 million in cash.

They also stole various grocery items of an undetermined value.

The burglars finally left at around 4 AM, the surveillance video revealed.

Meanwhile, citizens are urged to be vigilant following a spate of armed robberies in this city.

In January, around 10 separate incidents of robbery were recorded in different parts of the city.—With report from Oscar Esmenda. Boyet Paderes, BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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