Evidence stolen during break-in at prosecutor’s office

ANOTHER office under the Lapu-Lapu City Government was burglarized on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.

Police have yet to determine the identities of the persons behind the break-in at the Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor’s Office situated at the City Hall of Justice.

An undetermined amount of cash, illegal drugs and a pistol which were used as evidence for a criminal case were carted.

Capt. Alcon Escosura, acting chief of Lapu-Lapu City’s Police Station 3, said one of the court house’s utility workers discovery the burglary around 7 a.m. on Saturday.

The burglars reportedly entered the prosecutor’s office through one of the side entrances at the Hall of Justice.

Police discovered that one of the gates of the court house was not padlocked.

Escosura added that the burglars may have entered through a part of the building where prosecutors would hold inquest proceedings, which was only covered with a plastic barrier.

Two security guards were stationed in the front of the court house but they were not able to detect the burglars as they were not on patrol at that time, Escosura said.

Escosura said he and his investigators are set to meet with Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor Ruso Zaragosa as the latter has access to his office’s security cameras.

The City Prosecutor’s Office was the fourth government office in the city to be burglarized in less than a month.

Back on Sept. 25, unidentified men burglarized the City Social Welfare Office.

On Oct. 2, someone also broke into the City Health Department, while the Civil Registrar’s Office was also burglarized on Oct. 11.

Police have yet to identify the people behind the string of burglaries. (GCM / JKV)


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