Plant worker wanted for theft of gold, silver worth P462T

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Friday, March 28, 2014


THE Mandaue City police are looking for an employee of an accessories factory who went hiding after allegedly stealing a gold bar, a gold sheet, and silver grains with a total value of P462,000.

The suspect, identified as Venny Dago-oc, a 31-year-old production worker, also allegedly took cash amounting to P46,000 from the vault where the gold and silver pieces were also kept by owners of the Fashion Accessories 4U Corp. in Barangay Tabok, Mandaue City.

The theft could have happened between Monday night and Tuesday dawn, said PO3 Heracleo Gamboa of the Basak Police Station.

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Police recovered the gold bar, gold sheet, some of the silver grains and a portion of the cash from the residence of Dago-oc on Tuesday morning.

Dago-oc, who allegedly confessed to the factory manager through text that he was responsible for the theft, left his house last Wednesday morning. Investigators received information that he went to Luzon.

Charged

Police filed a case of qualified theft against him at the Mandaue City Prosecutor's Office last Thursday afternoon.

Gamboa said Dago-oc may have hidden himself inside the factory when it was closed between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. last Monday.

He opened the vault where the valuables were kept using a duplicate key. Gamboa said a bunch of duplicate keys was placed in an unlocked drawer inside the manager's office where the vault was.

After stealing the items, Dago-oc may have exited the factory through an open exhaust at the back of the building. Gamboa said Dago-oc still reported to work the next day.

Michelle Piwan, 23, manager of the firm and a niece of the suspect, reported the theft at 8 a.m. last Tuesday.

‘Inside job’

Operatives of the Basak Police Station and personnel of the Special Weapons and Tactics inspected the building and concluded that the theft was committed by someone who had access to the building because there were no signs of forced entry.

When theft investigators went to the residence of Dago-oc after his alleged confession, they found the 100-gram gold bar worth P188,000, a 50-gram gold sheet worth P94,000, 1.3 kilos of silver grains and P25,900 cash placed on a table in the living room.

Rosemelin Dago-oc, the suspect's wife, said her husband told her through text to get the items which he buried beside their house.

Police have yet to recover the remaining 4.7 kilos of silver grains and P20,100 cash. The total value of the silver grains was pegged at P180,000.

The recovered items were turned over to Mohammad Tahsin, a New Zealand national and one of the owners of the firm, which has more than 200 employees.

Investigators have requested the Regional Police Crime Laboratory to subject the manager and two other employees to a polygraph or lie-detector test. The employees were company guards Melchor and Mario Dago-oc.

Gamboa said Mario is a brother of the suspect, while Melchor is their nephew.

“The manager was upset because she helped her relatives, including the suspect, get into the company and then this happened,” Gamboa said in Cebuano, adding Piwan has been cooperative as far as the investigation is concerned.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 29, 2014.

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