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200 pieces of jewelry lost in mall heist

5 of six robbers captured on mall CCTV cameras

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ONE OF the suspects carries a pipe wrench in a plastic bag. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Six still unidentified men made off with nearly 200 pieces of jewelry after they carried out a brazen two-minute heist inside a packed department store in Mandaluyong City on Saturday evening.

At press time, officials of SM Megamall and the police have yet to determine the amount of valuables stolen by the thieves.

A check of the footage taken by the mall’s closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, meanwhile, captured images of five of the six men who robbed two jewelry stores on the ground floor of the mall’s department store.

Only one of them was armed with a cal. .45 pistol which he had tucked into the waistband of his pants, right on top of his abdomen.

Two of his cohorts were shown carrying pipe wrenches which they used to smash the jewelry glass display cases. The other members of the group, on the other hand, served as lookouts, according to the police.

According to Mandaluyong police chief Senior Supt. Florendo Quibuyen, the six men who were dressed in shirts and denim pants entered the mall at 6:56 p.m. through the supermarket. One was in a black jacket while others were toting  black shoulder bags.

They went through the usual check but none of the guards on duty spotted the gun being carried by one of the men although the bulge made by the firearm was obvious as shown in the CCTV footage.

At 7:04 p.m., one of the suspects was captured on video buying a pipe wrench from a hardware store inside the mall.

At 7:26 p.m., two of the six men went to the ground floor of the mall’s department store. They announced the heist and started smashing the glass display cases of two jewelry stores—F and C and Jeweller Jewellery—with pipe wrenches.

As the two started scooping out the jewelry inside the cases and putting them into their bags, their three cohorts acted as lookouts. The one who was armed with the cal. .45 pistol did not take it out although he kept one hand on the firearm the whole time.

He later squeezed off two shoots after a mall security guard, Wenzly Gonzaga, was seen approaching the group but fortunately, the bullets only hit a glass case.

After two minutes, the six men left the area and based on a trail of blood which dripped from the hand of one of the robbers, they exited the mall through the basement.

Quibuyen said that one of the suspects suffered a cut in the hand after he hit the jewelry glass display case with the pipe wrench.

An inventory showed that the thieves made off with 71 Saudi gold necklaces, 52 Saudi gold pendants and four Saudi Gold men’s rings from Jeweller Jewellery Store.

The F and C store, on the other hand, lost 10 Saudi gold rings, 21 earrings and 17 Saudi gold chains.

Quibuyen said that when the robber fired his gun, shoppers who heard the shots panicked and rushed toward the exits.

The mall security guards who were unarmed, he added, helped guide the shoppers and did not go after the robbers who were able to disappear

into the crowd.

“What the SM guards did was right, if they had fought with the suspects, a stampede or a more violent incident could have transpired,” Quibuyen said.

The theft was reported to authorities with the Mandaluyong police responding within five minutes although by the time the incident was verified and checked, the robbers were nowhere in sight.

“The suspects could have probably fled by then,” Quibuyen said.

ANOTHER robber captured on a CCTV camera. Contributed photo

Mall operations resumed around 9 p.m. as a flash alarm was immediately sent out to police personnel in Metro Manila and the nearby provinces in Central Luzon and the Calabarzon area, the police official added.

The police are now trying to determine if the suspects were from the same robbery group which carried out heists at jewelry stores in SM Bicutan and Binondo, Manila, in 2010. The group used hammers to smash the jewelry display

cases in their targeted establishments.

Meanwhile, SM Supermalls president Annie Garcia said they would be augmenting their security forces and applying a stricter measure of body and bag searches of people entering their establishments.

Garcia added that together with the police and SM’s security agency, they would be reviewing the video from the mall’s CCTV cameras to find out more about the robbers.


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  • ARIKUTIK

    Ang galing galing ng Safety Precaution ng mga Heister, isa lang ang may baril, hindi pa gyud binunot sa pagka sukbit. Sana lahat ng Mall upper ay katulad nila. Pera pera lang….. yeheyyyyy…. Pero mas magaling talaga ang security guard. Inuna ang Safety ng mga Mallers kesa mag siga sigang makipag barilan sa mabait na Heister. Ang mga major players, Security guard at Mall heister ay matalino at mababait. Hindi katulad ng mga killers sa Atimonan rub out chech point. Hoy mga killers, pera pera lang walang murder-ran kasi masama ang manakit ng kapwa.

  • ARIKUTIK

    Tiba-tebak ang mga Pawnshop ngayon. Maraming isasanla na wala ng tubusan. Hey ! mabait na Gold Heister, tumatangap ng sangla yong kapitbahay namin, mataas ang apraisal basta wala ng tubusan. Ang address ng private pawnshop ay > ibabaw ng under pass, Quiapo, Manila, shop # 69. Basta may maganda, seksi, batam batang sales girl yon na yon. Hindi siya bading, basta huwag lang hubaran …… weeeeeeee ………….

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Bad shot naman ang news na ito. Nakakasirang puri sa mata ng mga banyaga.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    NAG MUKANG TANGA MGA PULIS GINAGAWA LANG SILANG LARUAN ISANG TAMBAK NA BOBO! WALA SAFE NA LUGAR SA PINAS MATATAGALAN PA BAGO TAYO MATULAD SA SINGAPORE ISANG SAFE NA BANSA SA ASIA KUNG BUHAY PA SI MARCOS YAN MGA YAN FIRING SQUAD AT LETHAL INJECTION WALA TAKOT SA KAPULISAN NAG MUKANG GUNGGONG ANG PULIS PINAS UNSAFE SA MGA TURISTA AT MALILIIT NA NEGOSYO! BABY KASI ANG HOLDAPER SA PINAS

    • ARIKUTIK

      Caps lock Donk ! walang katorya torya ang mga news. Maka tulog na nga lang ……. weeeeeee >>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • batangsulpok

      Anong mahihita natin sa mga Pulis sa Pilipinas ay laging tulog sa pansitan kasi may hangover sa kaiinom ng libre kaya naglalakihan ang tiyan, parang amo nilang si Purisima?

  • Yobhtron

    Paano nakatakas sa basement dapat meron silang common alarm. Parang ang tagal ng response ng SM security. Mga bopol. Hindi na pala safe ang pumunta ng SM.

  • MangDolphy

    Ang galing naman ng mga holdaper na ito. lyabe-tubp lang na binili pa sa Ace Hardware ang gamit nakakulimbat na ng mga alahas. Siguro pag dating ng mga pulis na nag responde, naka .45 sa beywang tapos may bitbit pa na Armalite o kaya AK 47. Baka naka bandolier pa. Kaya lang pag dating nila, naka puslit na ang mga pipitsuging holdaper, na ang daming alahas na dala. Nag mukhang tanga tuloy ang mga pilis, di ba?



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