Cops hunt group who duped trader of P1M-A A +A
Thursday, June 28, 2012
POLICE are still trying to identify a group who duped a businesswoman of P1.1 million cash and jewelry along Agton Street, Toril, Davao City on Tuesday afternoon.
Josua Aznar, investigator of the Toril police station, identified the victim as Editha Sumilig Mangas, 53, resident of San Roque, Daliao, Toril.
Initial investigation showed the victim was looking for a store of fertilizer products when she was approached by an unidentified woman and a male companion who told her that they sell fertilizer products in Crossing Bayabas.
The victim, who believed the two suspects, ride on a tricycle with them bound to the supposed store.
Upon arrival in Crossing Bayabas, the man left for a few minutes and returned with another two men and a woman onboard a Toyota Tamaraw FX.
One of the two men introduced himself as a driver, and the other man as a fertilizer agent, while the woman as the secretary of a fertilizer company.
One of the suspects asked the victim if she had available cash to purchase the products but the latter said the money was at her house.
The victim then invited the group to accompany her to the house to get her bank passbook.
With her bank passbook on hand, the suspects were not convinced that it was hers so told her to withdraw cash from the bank.
The three female suspects went with the victim to a bank along Saavedra Street to withdraw P900,000. When the four women returned back to the vehicle, one of the six suspects instructed her to place the cash and her jewelry worth P200,000 in a color pink bag.
When they reached the national highway, the victim was told to disembark from the vehicle and wait for the fertilizer supplier manager to deliver the fertilizers. The products were delivered to her but she arrived home and opened the bag it contained a bundle of papers.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 28, 2012.