2 robbers take P20,000 from Inayawan pharmacy

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Sunday, April 6, 2014


A PHARMACY outlet of a retail company lost P20,000 cash after it was robbed by two armed men in Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City yesterday
afternoon.

The robbery took place in just five minutes, after one of the robbers disarmed the security guard of La Nueva Pharmacy.
Chief Insp. Alexis Relado, head of Pardo Police Station, said the robbers entered the establishment at 12:50 p.m. and pretended to be customers.

Caught on cam

This was all caught on a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera. One of the robbers, described to be in his 30s, poked a gun at Arje Vidal
Batiller, 24, of GDS Security Agency, and took the latter’s .38 revolver.

His companion, seen limping and believed to be in his 50s, asked the customers and employees to go at the back of the counter.

One of the customers, 60-year-old Merily Sekiguchi, said she heeded the man’s request after noticing the employees getting scared.

“Nidupo ra pud ko. Unya nilakaw raman sila dayon (I got down but the robbers left immediately),” she said. She was at the cashier at that time to pay for two packs of noodles.

Relado, when interviewed by reporters, said the robbers took the money from two cash registers, amounting to P20,000.

No one got injured. The robbers were wearing ball caps, but the CCTV camera captured their faces.

They fled the area on board a yellow XRM motorcycle and headed toward the South Road Properties.

Rogue’s gallery

Police are checking their rogue’s gallery and coordinating with other police units for the possible identification of the two men.

During their inspection, Relado said they noticed lapses on the security guard’s part.

He said the security guard only had two bullets for his gun and these were not even loaded in the gun cylinder.

“But we are not fingerpointing here to what happened,” the police chief said.

Relado said there was a beat patrol assigned near the barangay hall, which is about 200 meters from La Nueva Pharmacy.

They also found out about the robbery after receiving the signal from the establishment’s alarm server.

“Pero ang mga tulisan karon kay pulis naman ang gibantayan (But the robbers today are watching out for authorities),” he said.

Banilad burglary

Last December, a La Nueva Pharmacy in Barangay Basak in Cebu City was also robbed of P75,000.

Relado said the perpetrators in both cases are different, based on the CCTV footage.

In another incident, an unidentified man broke into a photo studio at the Banilad Town Center in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City and carted away P400,000 worth of equipment.

Owner Dexter Bongo reported the incident to the Mabolo Police Station after he discovered the burglary around 7 a.m. last Thursday.

The break-in was caught on a nearby CCTV camera. Based on the video footage, the suspect, who looks to be in his 30s, entered the establishment by forcing open the studio’s sliding window.

Once inside, he grabbed various cameras worth P300,000 and other equipment worth around P100,000.

SPO4 Roilito Jacalan, Mabolo police investigator, said the suspect might be a resident in the area as he seemed to be familiar with the place.

Jacalan said they’ll try to determine his identity based on the video footage.

SPO1 Fredilson Codilla, Crime Scene Investigation Unit operative, said they were able to get the suspect’s fingerprints, most of which were found on the flat screen of a computer monitor. (DSM/JTR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 06, 2014.

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