Police steps up watch vs Ozamiz rob group

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Thursday, August 28, 2014


THE Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo) continues to monitor the reported presence of the Ozamiz robbery group in the province especially in Bacolod City.

Superintedent Alexander Muñoz, chief of Noppo Community Relations Office, on Wednesday said they are intensifying their intelligence monitoring in coordination with the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) to validate the reported arrival of the Ozamiz robbery group in the city.

Muñoz said they were informed by the BCPO last week on the alleged presence of Ozamiz robbery group, and they are conducting monitoring not only in Bacolod but also in different areas of Negros Occidental.

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He said they cannot discount the possibility that the notorious robbery group will strike in Negros Occidental.

Muñoz added that all the station chiefs were reminded to intensify their visibility patrol operations ensure peace and order within their areas of jurisdiction.

The BCPO had earlier raised its alert level after they received information that the members of Ozamiz robbery group were sighted in the cities of Bacolod and Iloilo.

Chief Inspector Placido Gentoleo, chief of BCPO Intelligence Unit, had earlier said all the police station commanders in Bacolod were directed to visit pawnshop stores, banks, and lending firms to alert their security personnel.

Last April, three members of the Ozamiz robbery group were also sighted in Bacolod. The three suspects were identified in Dumaguete City after they were also sighted in the area.

In March last year, suspected members of the Ozamiz-Parohinog group carted away millions in jewelry during a broad daylight heist in a pawnshop and jewelry store in downtown Bacolod.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 28, 2014.

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