Police seek clues on LBC robbers

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Sunday, March 9, 2014


THE police remain clueless about the identities of the two armed men who robbed an LBC outlet in Barangay Tabok, Mandaue City last Friday morning.

Investigators have asked for a copy of a footage taken by the establishment’s closed-circuit television camera (CCTV).

PO3 Heracleo Gamboa of the Basak Police Station said the CCTV footage showed the robbers enter the establishment, but their faces were partly covered by helmets.

“We’ve asked for a copy of the CCTV footage so we can have it enhanced,” he said in a phone interview yesterday.

Based on the footage, the first man who entered the establishment wore a black jacket, checkered short pants and a motorcycle helmet. The second man wore a yellow T-shirt, denim pants and a helmet. Both stand about 5’4.

They entered the outlet around 11:20 a.m. Two employees and a customer were inside at the time.

The first man who declared the holdup fired at the ceiling once while demanding for the firm’s cash.

The robbery took place within three minutes. The suspects fled on a white Honda Wave motorcycle with P5,000 cash from the firm’s counter.

Earlier this year, the Mandaue City Police Office distributed posters marked with the words, “Beware! We are watching you,” to establishments equipped with security cameras. The posters were supposed to be taped at the entrance to discourage criminals.

Gamboa said the same poster can be seen outside the LBC outlet, but it apparently failed to deter the armed robbers.

The outlet, which didn’t have a security guard, was also robbed last May and September by motorcycle-riding men. Police collared the two robbers in the September incident, but the two men behind the May heist remained at large.

The arrested robbers are connected to the Ozamis robbery group.

Investigators are not discounting the possibility that last Friday’s robbers have links with the robbery group.

Gamboa said he and other investigators suggested that the firm’s CCTV be placed in another location where it can capture images of people entering the building more clearly.

They also reiterated their advice for the outlet to hire a security guard. (RSB)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 09, 2014.

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