Robbers bag P4.5M worth of jewelry in Bacolod mall heist

Published August 8, 2019, 7:56 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – About P4.5 million worth of jewelry was stolen by nine unidentified armed men from two jewelry stores inside Gaisano City Grand Mall at Brgy. Singcang-Airport here Wednesday night.

 One of the two jewelry stores inside Gaisano City Grand Mall in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, which was robbed by unidentified armed men Wednesday. (Contributed Photo via Glazyl Masculino/ MANILA BULLETIN)
One of the two jewelry stores inside Gaisano City Grand Mall in Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, which was robbed by unidentified armed men Wednesday. (Contributed Photo via Glazyl Masculino/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Maj. Charles Gever, head of Police Station 8, said, of the total figure, the robbers carted away P3.8 million worth of jewelry from F&C Pawnshop and Jewelry while P700,000 worth of jewelry was taken from Haoling Jewelry Store.

Initial investigation showed the robbers, armed with long firearms and pistols, arrived at the mall around 6:30 p.m. and threatened the two security guards stationed at the mall’s entrance.

The robbers, whose faces were not covered, proceeded to the two jewelry stores located at the mall’s ground floor and smashed the glass shelves using hammers and axes.

After the heist, the suspects fled on board two motorcycles and a car.

The incident happened two hours before the mall’s closing time. No injuries were reported.

While policemen were investigating inside the mall, they received a tip on the alleged presence of the same armed men in the downtown area.

Col. Romeo Baleros, director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo) arrived at the mall’s main branch. After a thorough security check, the report turned out to be negative.

According to Lt. Col. Ariel Pico, public information officer of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), the robbers also had other companions who served as their lookout when the incident happened.

Pico said they cannot yet tell if the notorious “Martilyo Gang” was behind the recent incident based on the manner by which the crime was committed.

Pico said they have not received any report regarding suspicious individuals in the city based on their intelligence monitoring.

He, however, said that the actions of the suspects were systematic, adding that they had really planned it well.

Pico said they are gathering copies of the closed circuit television (CCTV) camera footage for the identification of the suspects.

He said they already have persons of interest.

Meanwhile, Pico also said that they will check the mall’s security guards for security lapses, after some mall goers alleged that they have no firearms.

In March 2013, the F&C Pawnshop and Jewelry Store along Gonzaga Street here was also robbed of P1 million worth of jewelry by suspected members of the Acetylene Gang and Ozamiz Group.

 
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