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Security guard climbs ceiling in mall burglary

By: - Correspondent / @cebudailynews
08:45 AM December 31, 2012

A security guard was caught stealing at least P200,000 in store proceeds by climbing the ceiling of a mall at the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City.

Venardo Deligero climbed the ceiling of a comfort room of a fastfood chain and hid there until SM City closed.

Then he crawled to Red Ribbon, a bakeshop and restaurant, got down and opened its vault.

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Police said P235,461 cash was recovered from Deligero, a security guard reportedly detailed at a local TV station.

The robbery was discovered when the store manager, Ariel Gayo, arrived before 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29.

He found the vault open and a portion of the where the ceiling already detached.

Police said personnel of a bank beside Red Ribbon noticed an unusual sound coming from the ceiling that prompted them to call the mall security personnel.

Deligero, a resident of barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City, was found still hiding there, said PO1 Ramil Duyag of the theft and robbery section of the Cebu City Police Office.

Deligero was found carrying a belt bag owned by Red Ribbon.

The bag contained cash.

In an interview, Deligero said he was forced to steal to buy medicine for his ailing parents.

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Deligero said he earns P4,000 a month as a security guard but receives only P1,000 per payday because of pay deductions.

Police said theft charges will be filed against Deligero, who is being detained in the police headquarters.

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