AT least P1.3 million worth of cash, gadgets and jewelry were found missing from a doctor’s house in a subdivision in Barangay Punta Princesa, Cebu City last Thursday afternoon.
Neighbors told police they saw three young boys, aged 8 to 13, walking near the house and studying it before it was found to have been robbed at 3 p.m.
No one saw the actual robbery, though.
The Pleasant Homes subdivision also had no closed-circuit television cameras in the area, according to Chief Insp. David Señor of the Cebu City Police Office.
The 59-year-old female doctor, who requested anonymity, called the police after her house help told her that a room in the second floor of her house was in a mess. The doctor’s vault was also gone.
Initial investigation showed that the robbers took off the window grill and broke at least four window jalousies of the room next to where the doctor’s vault was kept.
Lost are assorted jewelry, a laptop and at least P350,000 in cash.
She said the cash was supposed to pay for her child’s on-the-job training on Monday.
“I don’t have a suspect in mind,” she said in a phone interview.
Señor, chief of the theft and robbery section (TRS), said that the culprits they had in mind as of yesterday are three street children and an adult accomplice. He said street children in the village have been known for robbing houses, stores and other establishments.
The culprits, however, have yet to be identified.
“An adult opened the window grill for the children to enter,” Señor said.
She said the window where the culprits entered was facing a vacant lot.
She said she still could not imagine that she’s been robbed. She said she had been good to residents of the neighboring Quiot village.
“Kompyansa gyod ko kay mga squatter sa Quiot libre na nakog konsulta, libre og tambal, akong gipanglibre kay makatabang sad ni nako (I thought that giving away free consultations and medicines for the squatters of Quiot could ensure my safety),” the doctor said.