Cavite PNP nabs 10 suspects in foiled pawnshop robbery

January 31, 2011 7:50 am 

MANILA, Jan. 30 – Ten suspects tagged in a foiled robbery of a pawnshop in General Trias, Cavite were arrested by police authorities during follow-up operations on Saturday, a ranking police official said Sunday.

Senior Supt. Danilo Maligalig, Cavite Provincial Police Office director, identified those arrested as Butalag Botsicao, 50; Benido Dalligos, 47; Benjamin Bas-angen, 34, Bruce Dizon, 39; Antonio Bastianugalde, 38; Sammy Galdones, 42; Eddie Marcelo, 45; Lito Hernando, 39; Benjamin Dacio, 47; and Rafael Dizon, 50.

Maligalig said that all the suspects are construction workers except for Marcelo who is a farmer.

The 10 suspects were arrested at their safehouse in Barangay Manggahan, General Trias conducted by the Municipal Police Station (MPS) led by Supt. Gregorio Evangelista Jr.

Recovered from the hideout were several tools in tunnel digging and a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver with ammunition.

The arrest was made by operatives of the General Trias MPS after employees of the Villanueva Pawnshop located in Barangay Manggahan reported an attempt to rob the establishment.

Maligalig said the cashier and security guard of the establishment, whose names were withheld for security reasons, discovered a hole from the shop’s cashier and lobby area, believed to have been dug by robbers, on Friday. They immediately reported the discovery to the police.

According to the investigator, PO2 Jon-Jon Pilapil, the suspects crawled in a narrow drainage and made a hole opening through the pawnshop, tried to lift the flooring with hydraulic jack and other equipment but were not able to pass through the volt because of mistaken passage.

Pilapil said that instead of making a hole at the vault room, the suspects dug toward the cashier and reception area of the shop.

The police recovered an acetylene tank with accessories, two hydraulic jacks, flashlights and bottles of drinking water inside the hole.

Maligalig said further investigations are ongoing to determine whether the suspects have something to do with similar incidents in Metro Manila where several pawnshops had been victimized by robbers digging underground tunnel to gain entry into the shops without being noticed. (PNA)

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