BACOLOR -- Mayor Jose Maria Hizon has offered a P100,000 cash reward for information leading to the identification of those responsible for the break-in and robbery inside the municipal town hall recently.
Hizon said that the police have a photo of one of the suspects who entered the Treasurer's Office and carted away P500,000 cash and other valuables.
"Kinausap ko na si hepe at ang sabi ko sa kanya ay dapat ma identify nila ang suspect at kung mayroon pa siyang mga kasama, upang panagutan nila ang kanilang ginawang krimen," Hizon said.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga police director, said the suspect's face was captured by closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed at the municipal building shortly before the suspects disabled the security equipment.
Recomono said he ordered the reproduction of the suspect's picture and distribute it to different police stations in the province for identification and possible arrest.
The suspect appeared to be chubby and was sporting a backpack.
Recomono said investigation involving some personnel of the Bacolor police station, including the town's top cop Chief Inspector Romeo Balubal, is in progress.
The suspects gained access by destroying the door leading to the Mayor's Office before going upstairs where the Treasurer's Office is situated.
The police station is located right within the municipal hall building, a floor below the Treasurer’s Office.
The money, a portion of which was quarry permit collections and part of it sports development funds, was stashed in the safety vault which the suspects stripped off using carpentry and mechanical tools.
Balubal said that they are "hot on the trail" of the suspects and that they are now following up leads that may lead to the early resolution of the case.
"Ayaw ko munang isa publiko ang mga developments na ito dahil on-going pa ang case baka ma jeopardize and investigation at follow up operations naming. Rest assured na ginagawa namain lahat ng aming makakaya upang mahuli ang mga salarin,” he said.
He added that even if they are under investigation or maybe charged with administrative sanctions, this will not affect the performance of their duties as they are focus now in arresting the culprits.