Cops arrest robbers who tunnel into pawnshop

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011


POLICE arrested two men while trying to escape from a foiled robbery of a pawnshop at Km. 5 in Buhangin, Davao City, Tuesday.

The men already gained entry to the pawnshop through a tunnel they made from a drainage pipe that opened to the pawnshop’s floor when the pawnshop driver chanced on them.

The two were arrested after a brief chase as policemen were already on their way to the scene after being informed of the ongoing robbery by security personnel of the pawnshop’s main branch where CCTV monitors are running.

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The police also recovered a red Honda XL motorcycle, a black/gray Suzuki Fury motorcycle, and a black Isuzu Crosswind, believed to have been used for the robbery.

Arrested were Lumna Mohammad Dimalaang, 31, resident of No. 23-C Mini Forest in Boulevard, and Ryan Narciso Suico, 34, resident of Zone 4, St. Jude in Buhangin, were arrested along Diversion Road, Buhangin in Davao City, around 10 p.m.

Another suspect was able to elude arrest.

Initial investigation showed that one Joel Dolleson Villar, company driver of Ros-Ver Pawnshop in Buhangin, checked on the pawnshop when the alarm was tripped around 9:45 p.m. But as he opened the roll-up door, he saw three men left through a hole in the floor.

Superintendent Antonio Rivera, spokesperson and chief of Davao City Police Office Intelligence and Detection Management Branch (DCPO-IDMB), said before Villar reported the incident to the authorities, a security guard from their main office already reported the incident to them.

"Actually, their close-circuit television (CCTV) camera was connected to their main office. The security guard contacted 911 for police assistance, so our personnel immediately responded to the area to corner the suspects," Rivera said.

What the policemen did not expect was that the robbers used a tunnel to gain entry.

When the police arrived, there was no longer any sign of the robbers. However, a taxi driver who passed by informed the police that he saw some men, just around 200 meters away along the Diversion Road, who were caked in mud and appeared wary.

"While chasing the other one, nagkaroon pa ng konting putukan sa area, because he was armed with a handgun, so nanglaban. Pero tinamaan naman ng kasama namin, that’s why nahuli namin siya," Rivera said.

Suico was hit in the leg and is now being treated at the Southern Philippines Medical Center.

Recovered from the possession of the suspects were one hand grenade and caliber .45 pistol, while investigators at the pawnshop recovered a large jack, a Stanley branc cross cut saw, a Master oxygen, Daeken adjustable, cutter pliers, a steel saw, seven pliers, a motorcycle knee pad, pair of arm gloves, two pieces screw driver, 10 pieces of assorted small size timber, cellular phone wrap encased in condom, apparently to keep it waterproof, and three pieces digging tools.

They also recovered one unit network switch for computer worth P5,000 and one unit POE switch watch for CCTV camera worth P3,000 believed to have been stolen from the pawnshop.

Rivera said they believe that more than three men are involved in this foiled robbery and that they are now training their eyes on other members.

Dimalaang is temporarily detained at the Buhangin Police Station.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 30, 2011.

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