The month of March is regularly considered as fire prevention month due to summer season, but this year March could also be called as “robbery prevention month” after local police recorded 3 big-time robberies happened in the province.
To recall, early morning of March 19, 3 unidentified suspects armed with handgun robbed LBC Calamba branch carted away P 20,000.00 and two units of cell phones.
Just four days later after the incident in Calamba, in Ozamiz a robbery happened this time robbers had taken P 4.5 M.
Police investigation revealed certain Antonio Quinto, finance officer of 3 W Builders Construction Company together with two colleagues withdrawn the amount from Land Bank of the Phillippines - Ozamiz Branch and to be transferred to Bangko de Oro (BDO) Ozamiz Branch, but around 10 meters away before the vehicle of the victims reached BDO their vehicle was blocked by two unidentified armed with caliber .45 pistol declaring “tulis”.
And lately last March 31,Holy Wednesday, a ten-wheeler cargo truck bearing plate no. GSA 526 from Bais City loaded with 450 sacks of refined sugar commonly called as asukar was robbed or taken by unidentified suspects in Sapang Dalaga.
According to the joint account of Armando Suligan driver and truck-man Andrelo Rodriguez, they were heading to Ozamiz City where their cargo to be delivered but upon reaching in Sitio Pasil, Brgy. Bitibot, Sapang Dalaga four unidentified suspects one of which was wearing police uniform pretending manning a checkpoint stopped the truck and immediately take-over the control of the truck heading to unknown direction.
The victims reported to Sapang Dalaga Police Station three days after the incidence because they were blindfolded by the suspects and detained separately.
Suligan was freed in one of the barangay in Pagadian while Rodriguez in Tudela.
The cargo truck when this report is written is not yet located.
Police investigators have not yet indentified suspects for three incidents.