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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesThursday, June 14, 2007
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Burglars steal cash,
ransack post office

Unidentified suspects ransacked the Philippine Postal Office in Dumaguete and carted away more than P200,000 in cash during the weekend, police reports said.

PPC district supervisor Benito Quiroz told the DAILY STAR, the suspects must have entered the back portion of the building with the use of ropes, and by cutting the iron door and destroying the padlocks. The suspects opened the drawers and lockers, and tore up one Social Security System check, and two packages but their contents are intact, investigation disclosed.

It added that the burglars opened several drawers until they found the cashier's room at the second floor where the money was kept. There they destroyed the steel cabinet and the vault, probers said.

The amount of about P200,000 represented the collection of the postal bureau in the last three to four days. Finger prints were lifted and the police are still digging into the burglary. The police said there is a possibility that the burglary was staged while a concert by a local band was being conducted at the adjacent Quezon Park, in Dumaguete.

Policemen were also looking into the method by which the burglars had gained entry using ropes, which is similar to an incident in the past.

Postal bureaus all over the province of Oriental Negros and Siquijor island were placed under tight security against burglaries, in the wake of the increasing incidents recently.

Oriental Negros has 26 postal bureau offices, and six in Siquijor province. *JG

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