LBC outlet robbed 2 days after hold-up in anothern branch-A A +A
Monday, March 10, 2014
ONLY two days after its branch in Mandaue City was robbed, an LBC outlet in Barangay Taboan, Cebu City lost P42,000 in cash to two armed robbers yesterday noon.
The LBC Taboan branch is located less than a kilometer from the San Nicolas Police Station.
Like the robbery in Tabok, Mandaue City, the holdup of the LBC Taboan branch was staged by two men in about two minutes.
San Nicolas Police Chief Chuck Barandog told Sun.Star Cebu that their initial investigation points to local suspects. But he said they may not be the same ones who staged the Mandaue hold-up last Friday.
“Mas aggressive man to ang sa Mandaue compared atong sa Taboan na igo ra sila nanion.
Sa Mandaue kay nagpabuto man (The suspects in Mandaue were aggressive, they fired a shot. In Taboan, the suspects only pointed their guns),” Barandog said.
He said he told the management of the LBC Taboan outlet to tighten their security after noticing that it did not have security guards and a lock system for its vault.
He said a beat patrol team is assigned to the area but when the incident occurred, the police personnel were reportedly having lunch.
We admit our lapses, especially because the area is vulnerable,” he said. “We will come up with a new deployment plan.”
The LBC security camera shows that both of the suspects wore yellow shirts and baseball caps.
They were armed with a .38 revolver. One suspect was reportedly in his 40s while the other is in his late 20s.
Customers Gerlie Caballero, 42, and Reynaldo Pagadoan, 45, were inside the LBC branch when the two men declared a hold-up.
Danessa Zafra, LBC cashier, said one of the suspects came in at 12:42 p.m., followed shortly by his companion.
One robber pointed a gun at Caballero and Pagadoan.
Pagadoan said in an interview that one of the suspects told him to sit in the corner and not look at their faces.
“Nahadlok lang pud labi na nga gitiunan ko sa pistol (I complied because he was pointing a gun at me),” Pagadoan said.
Pagadoan said the other suspect approached the cashier and demanded for the money.
Zafra told Sun.Star Cebu that the robbers looked into drawers and opened the vault.
After getting the money, the suspects got on a motorcycle, parked outside the courier and remittance center, and left.
Vendors did not realize that a robbery took place inside the LBC branch.
Zafra said she called the police right after the robbers left.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 11, 2014.