Jewelry shop robbers probably not locals

THE group of men who robbed a jewelry shop and shot two security guards inside a department store in Barangay Valladolid, Carcar City, Cebu last Saturday night are possibly from other province.

Chief Supt. Patrocinio Comendador Jr., Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 director, said the culprits’ modus was similar to that of another group that uses a hammer in their operations.

A clear footage from the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera helped the investigators in identifying the culprits who did not cover their faces.

Comendador said the operatives of Cebu Provincial Police Office are still tracking down the perpetrators.

The robbers pulled off the heist at 7:20 p.m., the police report stated. Security guards Crisanto Martinez, 30, and Antonio Fuentes, 45, who were wounded during the incident have been declared in stable condition.

Witnesses told the police the robbers escaped on motorcycles, while others said they boarded a sedan parked in front of the store.

The writer Ernesto Lariosa, a Superbalita columnist, was at the store’s food court when he heard gunshots. He ducked.

While crawling a few meters for cover, he heard sales personnel and customers shouting.

He said he was with his family at the time and they got separated in the middle of the confusion. He later heaved a sigh of relief when no one from his family was hurt.

“I hid in the stockroom. I touched my body to see if I had a gunshot wound,” said Lariosa in a phone interview.

Lariosa, also a former language consultant for Superbalita, saw a robber in a yellow shirt, shouting at everyone to drop.

The next scene he noticed was the people lying face down near him. He saw at least four armed men enter the store, while he was hiding under the tables.

A sales person told Lariosa the estimated value of the jewelry taken by the robbers possibly ranges from P300,000 to P500,000.

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