THIEVES broke into an Internet café along A.C. Cortes Ave., Mandaue City, in front of the University of Cebu Lapu-Lapu Mandaue, and carted away computers worth P200,000.

Elements of the Mandaue City Police Office believe it was an inside job as the perpetrators had no problem opening the two locks of the establishment’s rolled-up door.

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Apparently, they had a key to one of the locks, and they also knew the combination of the other lock. When they left the computers, they also took the locks with them.

Poor revenues

Police also learned that the establishment has been closed since November.

Owners Cliff Joi Culanag and Efren Malubay said they were forced to shut down because of poor revenues.

The establishment lost 16 central processing units and three flat screen monitors, said PO2 Antonio Descartin.

When asked how the robbery was discovered, Descartin said neighbors called up Culanag, who lives in Barangay Guizo, when they found the rolled-up door halfway opened around 5 a.m. last Feb. 19.

Culanag contacted his partner, who directed his son John Henry in Barangay Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City to see what was taken.

It was John Henry who had incident recorded in the blotter at the Opao Police Station.

The case was turned over to the Theft and Robbery Section (TRS) last weekend.

TRS investigators found it strange that Culanag, who lives in the next barangay, would have his partner’s son, who lives in the next city, go to the crime scene to check what was missing.

Since local police have not ruled out an “inside job,” all those who have access to the shop, including the owners, will be investigated to clear them, said PO3 Protacio Tago, Opao chief investigator.