Police to probe church workers on stolen cash

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Monday, March 24, 2014


SIXTEEN workers of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Escalante City will be investigated by the police after the church lost almost P1 million in cash Wednesday night.

Senior Police Officer 1 John Catubig, investigator of Escalante City Police Station, said that based on their investigation there was no forced entry in the room where the safety vault was located.

He said the 16 church workers will have their fingerprints taken to determine their possible involvement in the case.

Catubig added that the Escalante police will request further investigation from the Scene of Crime Operatives (Soco) of the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office.

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Earlier, the police said that just before the incident, Fr. Gilbert Sabado, the parish priest, changed the door lock of his office. Only him and his trustee possess the keys, the priest said.

According to the police, Fr. Sabado locked his room before going to the computer room at the second floor, but he forgot to lock the vault.

The priest’s trustee had just withdrawn P200,000 from a bank before the incident, but she denied knowledge about the lost cash.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 24, 2014.

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