Mayor’s office of Bago robbed

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


UNIDENTIFIED robbers carted away about half a million worth of equipment and gadgets from the Bago City Mayor’s Office Sunday, police said.

Supt. Arnel Arpon, chief of Bago City Police Station, said Monday the robbery was discovered by a city employee. The police are looking into the possibility of an inside job since there was no indication of forced entry.

Missing were three digital cameras, a video camera, and accessories of the equipment worth about P500,000.

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Arpon said the robbers attempted to ransack the City Budget Office first, but when they failed to open the vault, they entered the Mayor’s Office instead.

He said city employees, especially those who worked overtime on Saturday, will be subjected to a polygraph test.

Mayor Ramon Torres said the robbery was discovered around 7 a.m. Sunday.

Torres said 14 City Hall employees and casual workers were made to undergo fingerprinting as part of the investigation.

These include those who worked overtime during the weekend and those who possess the key, and the building watchmen.

Torres said the robbers tried to open the vault containing the Social Fund intended for Bago residents who are asking assistance from the City Government.

Only one security guard is assigned at the City Hall which doesn’t have closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

Torres said they were already planning to install CCTV cameras at the City Hall.

Last July 13, robbers also entered the Escalante City Hall and carted away P2 million worth of cash and checks from the Cash Division.

The National Bureau of Investigation is still investigating the incident believed to be an inside job.

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 of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.

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

Days after the robbery, the Escalante police recovered the checks only.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 19, 2014.

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