NBI starts probe on P2-M robbery

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Thursday, July 31, 2014


THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Bacolod has started its investigation into the P2-milion robbery inside Escalante City Hall’s Treasurer's Office.

The NBI is acting on a resolution passed by the Provincial Board asking the agency to conduct an investigation to determine the real culprit behind the robbery of government funds.

NBI-Bacolod head Joseph Rigodon said Wednesday that employees will undergo a lie detector test following reports of possible inside job in connection to the heist that happened on July 13. Read the related story here.

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Investigation of the Escalante City Police Station revealed that there is an inside job, but no case was filed yet against the alleged suspects for lack of strong evidence, Rigodon said.

Eleven City Hall workers, who have direct access to the Cashier’s Office were placed under investigation, including seven employees from the Cashier’s Office, three watchmen, and a janitor.

There were those who underwent fingerprinting and investigated by Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo).

The City Treasurer's Office of Escalante and the police station are located in the same compound and are about ten meters away from each other.

The police reported that the suspects or suspect used chisel and hammer to open the vault.

Earlier, Negros Occidental Governoe Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he strongly believes that it was an inside job.

He said he is puzzled why the staff would put such big amount inside the vault.

Days after the robbery, the Escalante police recovered checks that were part of the stolen of P2 million.

Eleven checks with total amount of P740,830 were found inside three steel boxes left beside a sugarcane field.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 31, 2014.

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