Zambo police calls on stores to strengthen security measures PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 31 March 2012 15:16

The City Police Office here has called on business establishments to strengthen security measures against criminal syndicates following the daytime robbery of a jewelry-pawnshop in the heart of the city Wednesday noon.

City Police Deputy Director and Operation chief Sr. Supt Haddo Edding said establishments should double their guards against robberies that were fast becoming a regular occurrence in Zamboanga.

Edding also said store owners should also install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in their establishments to help deter crimes and identify the suspects in case of robbery incidents.

Edding issued this call after three armed robbers, backed by three armed lookouts by the roadside barged into the Jasmin Jewelry Pawnshop located near the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company here shortly after Wednesday noon.

The robbers smashed the glass shelves with an iron mallet and scooped assorted jewels into bags. They then hit an employee, Marissa Celerio, on the head as they rushed outside the shop.

Just as they were about to rush out of the door, Security Guard Benito Cuajotor, returned to his post after visiting the comfort room at the back of the building.

The men tried to grab his shotgun and there was a scuffle at the door.

At this juncture, police trainee P01 Val Agustini Santua, who was in the vicinity, rushed toward the armed men at the door of the shop.

One of the robbers shot the unarmed police trainee in the stomach with a caliber 45 pistol as they sped away with the loot on three motorcycles.

Edding said that initial investigation showed the suspects belong to a notorious syndicate and had previously fled to Zamboanga Sibugay, Ipil because of pressure against them here.

Two of the suspects, including an ex-policeman, are already covered by warrants of arrest issued by the courts in this city and in the province of Sibugay.

The syndicate they lead have recently returned to this city because the police in Sibugay were hot on their trail.

Last week, six armed men riding on three motorcycles stopped a van of a jewelry and pawnshop store along San Jose Road in this city around noontime.

They smashed the windows of the vehicle with an iron mallet and grabbed a bag containing jewelry, cash and other valuables from the employees riding the van.
The robbers sped away aboard their motorcycles.

The police said they did not have enough men to guard every nook and corner of the city, so businessmen should take it upon themselves to guard their stores.