SENIOR Inspector Ramel Sarona, head of Police Station 7 in Bacolod City, said Tuesday, November 14, that the same suspects were behind last week's establishment robberies in the cities of Bacolod and Bago.
Sarona said they coordinated with Bago City Police Station and found out that the same group of robbers hit M & J Fabrication and Installation Inc. in Bago City and Island Merchant Corporation office in Barangay Mansilingan in Bacolod City last November 10.
He added that the robbers were members of a small-time group, but they have no lead yet on their whereabouts.
Sarona said the group operated in his area of jurisdiction thrice already, including two incidents last month and another this month.
Manunt operation is ongoing against these robbers, who carted away P111,169 in cash and a speaker worth P2,500 inside the Island Merchant Corporation office.
Sarona said the company is willing to pursue robbery charges against the suspects. Two of them were even seen on a closed circuit television (CCTV) footage of the establishment, but were not yet identified.
On the same day, supervisor Rizaldy Dalofin, 49, of Binalbagan town, and co-worker Arnel Norbe, 42, of Hinigaran town, were sleeping inside the M & J Fabrication and Installation Inc. when armed men entered the premises, tied Dalofin’s hands and took his cash amounting to P4,000.
Norbe was unharmed as he was on the second floor of the building.
Police already have persons of interest.
Sarona advised business owners to maximize their security measures to avoid robbery incidents.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on November 15, 2017.
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