Robbers cart away P1.5M in cash, appliances

ROBBERS carted away nearly P1.5 million in cash and appliances after ransacking a pawnshop and an appliance center along Marcos Highway in Baguio City on March 11.

The incident happened inside a shopping mall, police said, citing a report from Avon Paburada Amparado to the Baguio City Police Station 10.

Initial investigation showed the robbers destroyed the padlock of a wooden door in a vacant area between the pawnshop and appliance store. They then destroyed the wall leading to the pawnshop.

The robbers initially stole P6,965 from the pawnshop's cash drawer, and a cellphone worth P4,500.

The suspects then entered a nearby appliance store by destroying the wall of the establishment and took the P103,000 cash from the vault, P140,000 from the appliance store's cash box, and 25 laptops with a combined value of P706,418.

Not pleased with their loot, the robbers also stole the Armscor caliber .38 service firearm of a security guard and assorted "dummyā€¯ cellphones.

Police personnel who responded to the incident recovered a pair of acetylene hose and one small oxygen tank inside the vacant area between the pawnshop and the appliance center.

Some 47 cell phones worth P600,610 and a watch worth P5,995 were also taken by the robbers.

The closed circuit television camera footage from a nearby lumber yard is still being reviewed for possible identification of robbers.
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