AUTHORITIES continue manhunt operations after robbers cart away nearly P406,170 in an early morning heist at Itogon, Benguet.
Christmas came early for thieves who ran away with cash amounting to P159,560 and 154.5 grams of gold dust equivalent to P231,610 including several cellphones, Wi-Fi broadband, and several documents amounting to P15,000 of the gold buying station owned by Florence Dopyao.
Senior Superintendent Florante Camuyot, Benguet Provincial Police Office director, said they are already eyeing a group of robbers operating in the province.
Police reports reveal the robbery happened around 3 a.m. on October 10 after two suspects pointed a gun to store attendant Nollie Timanang Hoggang threatening him to keep quiet or be shot, while two companions posted as back up outside the gold buying station.
The suspects then bound his hands and feet covered his mouth with packaging tape and left Hoggang.
According to police reports, both suspects joined the other two and proceeded to the cashier room where Jossana Linglingon Ambojnon, Marilou Nadiahan Remiendo and Mary Jane Hoggang were sleeping.
One of the suspects allegedly knocked and pretended as Hoggang. When Mary Jane opened the door, the suspects declared hold-up, pointed a gun and knife to the three women, and then asked for the key of the cashiers and drawer but the ladies refused which prompted the suspects to tie up the three ladies, and forcibly open the drawer of the cashier table.
Suspects later fled after seizing valuables.