Burglaries in 3 town halls may have been inside jobs

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Sunday, August 31, 2014


POLICE are making progress in the burglary cases of three northern towns in Cebu and their investigation may point to employees as possible culprits.

In Carmen, three municipal employees were recommended to undergo a lie detector test.

Chief Insp. Alvin Balio, the town’s police chief, said these employees (their names have been withheld until they are charged) may help shed light on the incident.

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“Dako ang posibilidad nga taga sulod ra kay kabaw man kinsay naa’y kwarta ug asa ni gibutang (There’s a big possibility that it was an inside job since the burglars knew who had the money and where this was kept),” he told Sun.Star Cebu.

Lusilo Bontia reported last Monday to the Carmen Police Station that P4,800 of his own money was stolen inside the treasurer’s office.

Balio said they have already submitted their recommendation to the Carmen Municipal Government and are only waiting for the town’s reply.

More fingerprints

Fingerprints lifted in the treasurer’s office in the Sogod municipal building will be submitted next week to the PNP Regional Crime Laboratory Office 7.

Insp. Romeo Caacoy Jr., head of Sogod Police Station, said they are also getting fingerprints of other employees to see if these match those found in the crime scene.

Asuncion Tura and Wilda Tejerom, clerks of Sogod’s treasurer’s office, reported to police that P55,961.22 in revenues were stolen from their drawers. Tura’s savings amounting to P31,550 were also taken.

In the Compostela burglary, police have already invited all employees assigned at the treasurer’s office for questioning.

Chief Insp. Fructoso Lim, head of Compostela Police Station, said they are also looking for additional evidences that may help in the investigation.

Cleofo Gonzaga, acting treasurer of Compostela, said P75,000 in taxes and other fees were taken from the drawers and vault.

There was no guard on duty and the office is not equipped with a closed-circuit television camera. (DSM)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 31, 2014.

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