SIX armed men robbed an electronic bingo outlet in Mandaue City yesterday afternoon, carting away almost P2 million in cash.
The men fled on board two motorcycles after robbing the E-Bingo Club in the City Times Square on Mantawi Drive shortly before 2 p.m.
Police are reviewing footage from the closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) to identify the men, who carried out the robbery in less than 25 minutes.
SPO1 Alen Carade of the Subangdaku Police Station said the robbers ordered Gicelle Cutor, 28, the bingo outlet’s cashier and a resident of Barangay Tipolo, Mandaue City, to give them the key to open a vault that contained cash amounting to P1.156 million.
The robbers also took away the outlet’s income for three days amounting to P794,137.
One of the suspects carried a .45 pistol and another carried a KG9 pistol.
After taking the cash, the suspects locked the seven employees—the security guard, two cashiers, gaming head and three attendants—inside the comfort room.
The suspects then fled in the direction of Barangay Subangdaku.
The police received a call for help at 2:14 p.m.
Carade said they are not discounting the possibility that someone working for the outlet may be involved in the robbery because it looked thoroughly planned.
The bingo outlet is reportedly owned by a Korean company.
Based on the CCTV footage, two of the suspects entered the outlet at 1:52 p.m., pretending to be customers.
After a few minutes, two more men entered while the other two were seen waiting on two motorcycles parked outside.
Two men aimed a gun at the employees, including the security guard Marlon Conde, 24, a resident of Lapu-Lapu City.
According to Conde, the suspects may be in their 40s. One of the suspects was seen on the CCTV wearing a cap while the rest did not cover their faces.
In 2012, an employee of Casino Filipino, located in Parkmall, was arrested after stealing P2.8 million from the gaming outlet’s vault.