Police urged to speed up probe on robbery case-A A +A
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
A CITY Councilor who was victimized by robbers last month has called on police authorities to speed up the investigation of the case.
Councilor Annie Daba, who owns Richfield Agricultural Supply in Barangay Lapasan, said even with the presence of several evidences, police authorities have, until now, not yet provided a lead to the suspects who robbed her inside her establishment.
Daba said bad memories of that incident always haunted her.
“I am just thankful that I am still alive. But it is not easy being traumatized. I experienced many sleepless nights,” she said.
She said the trauma will not stop until the suspects, who are still at large, will be arrested.
At least three unidentified suspects barged into Daba’s establishment and carted away cash and checks amounting to P3.7 million.
Daba said the suspects pretended to be customers and later declared a holdup.
She said one of the suspects went to the second floor where she holds office and where the money was also kept.
At gunpoint, the suspect ordered her to took off her jewelry worth P80,000.
The suspects fled after the incident.
Police Chief Inspector Lemuel Gonda, chief of Operations of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), believed the suspects had an “informant,” probably a worker, inside the establishment.
“We believed the suspects had an informant inside because they know that the money was kept upstairs and during an investigation, there are inconsistencies in the statement of one of the workers,” Gonda earlier said.
But Daba said the incident is not an inside job, based on her own investigation.
Police were able to identify the suspects based on the cartographic sketch of witnesses.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 18, 2012.