LBC rob­bery sus­pects linked to Oza­miz crime group

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Al­wen Salir­ing

A top po­lice of­fi­cial in Ca­gayan de Oro City said the sus­pects re­spon­si­ble in the re­cent string of rob­bery cases in­volv­ing the courier firm LBC Ex­press Inc. are pos­si­ble rem­nants of a rob­bery group based in Oza­mis City.

City po­lice di­rec­tor Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Nel­son Aganon said one of the sus­pects, Roo­sevelt Be­dro, who got ar­rested in a hot pur­suit op­er­a­tion af­ter the Sun­day’s rob­bery of LBC Velez-Neri branch, was the sup­posed leader of the break-away Be­dro rob­bery group.

The other sus­pect, Ar­cholito Palubon alias “Bingkol” es­caped dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.

“Ang in­for­ma­tion is itong Be­dro rob­bery group is rem­nants ng Oza­mis group na nag­break away,”Aganon said.

The re­port re­vealed that the group is com­posed of five mem­bers. Au­thor­i­ties are yet to iden­tify the other mem­bers.

Po­lice said they will also look into other rob­bery in­ci­dents that the group pos­si­bly com­mit­ted.

Aganon said the Ca­gayan de Oro City Po­lice Of­fice (Cocpo) has re­ceived re­ports that a group linked to the Oza­mis rob­bery group will strike in the city.

He said the group ar­rived in the city two months ago.

“Mga bata pa to

sig­uro test mis­sion nila ito at naka-tiempo sig­uro at naki­tang maluwag ang se­cu­rity ng LBC kasi sunod-sunod eh,”Aganon said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are hop­ing that they could ex­tract more in­for­ma­tion about the group dur­ing the tac­ti­cal in­ter­ro­ga­tion on the ar­rested sus­pect.

Au­thor­i­ties pressed two counts of rob­bery, il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of ex­plo­sives and drug charges against the two sus­pects.

Aganon said the group leader pre­vi­ously yielded to the gov­ern­ment’s anti-il­le­gal drug cam­paign “Oplan Tokhang”.

The city’s top cop said rob­bers have carted away around half mil­lion pe­sos from four rob­bery cases in sev­eral LBC branches since last Septem­ber.

Au­thor­i­ties have since then ad­vised the courier firm to step up and tighten their se­cu­rity mea­sures by em­ploy­ing se­cu­rity per­son­nel which the man­age­ment failed to heed and fol­low.

Aganon re­it­er­ated that se­cu­rity is not just a po­lice con­cern even as the au­thor­i­ties’ se­cu­rity strate­gies are en­hanced to de­ter crim­i­nal­ity around the city.

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