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Pawnshop robbers identified
BY ADRIAN NEMES III

Three days after the P2.5 million heist at the Prenda Negrense and Jewelry Store, the Bacolod City Police finally identified the two suspects in the crime yesterday.

Station 1 commander, Chief Insp. Danilo Francisco, said they presented the pictures of six suspected members of the “acetylene gang” to the employees of the pension house where the suspects stayed before the pawnshop robbery happened, and they were able to identify two of them.

One of the suspects is about 40 years old and a private miner from Kalinga Apayao province, while the other one is about 45 years old and a taxi driver from Baguio City, Francisco said.

The two had been arrested with four companions for attempting to rob a pawnshop in an area in Negros Occidental several years ago, he said.

Francisco added that the former employee of the Pension house where the suspects stayed went to his office on Tuesday to clear his name after he was linked to the robbery.

Bacolod City Police Officer-in-charge Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel said Tuesday that the management of the pension house suspects that their former employee could be a cohort of the robbers that hit the pawnhsop because, aside from his native province being near that of the suspects, he also failed to report to duty on Sunday.

The management of the Pension house said the suspects had checked in from February 13 to 17.

Francisco said that, although the employee has denied involvement in the crime, he will still be investigated.

Francisco also belied earlier reports that Secure One, the agency that installed the alarm system of Prenda Negrense has informed them Saturday night that the alarm system of the pawnshop had gone off.

Meanwhile, Ordaniel said he is set to visit pension houses located beside banks, pawnshops and other business establishments dealing with money transactions and meet with their management.

He said they will encourage pension house owners to report to police authorities if they have over-staying guests

Ordaniel is also meeting pawnshop owners to check whether their establishments have closed circuit television cameras.*APN

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