TO ERASE doubts, the Mandaue City Police Office can validate the losses declared by four jewelry stores and a money changer that were robbed by 15 men on Saturday night, Oct. 19, 2019.
Police Regional Office 7 Director Valeriano de Leon said, for now, they accept the five J Centre Mall’s tenants’ claims that they lost P136 million worth of jewelry and cash to the robbers.
De Leon said he would not speculate if the figures were intentionally spiked so the tenants could claim a high insurance payout, adding that his personnel are still investigating the heist.
Meanwhile, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes said he is willing to offer a reward to any person who can give information about the whereabouts of the remaining suspects.
The police official said he had a conversation with Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino about the incident. They talked about the big loot.
De Leon said their focus is the arrest of the robbers who are still at large. Five suspects are facing robbery in band charges before the Mandaue City Prosecutor’s Office, while four others died in police custody.
He believes that the remaining suspects are still in Cebu, trying to find ways to get out of the province. A report that recently reached de Leon states that the leader of Kuratong Baleleng, an organized crime group in Ozamiz City, has arrived in Cebu.
As the holiday season draws near, de Leon believes the group would carry out a string of robberies. He said he already met mall security officers to counter any criminal activity from the group.
De Leon said it would be good if police officers are allowed to patrol inside malls, but he said their presence might turn off shoppers. (from AYB of Superbalita Cebu/KAL/KFD)