Pawnshop thieves rented next room



They posed as businessmen setting up an ukay-ukay store and pretended to build a cabinet and a table for the shop. They were that “organized.”

Police are hunting down four men who allegedly robbed a pawnshop in Valenzuela City by boring a hole in the wall and crawling in from a neighboring commercial unit they started renting a week earlier.

The manager of Cebuana Lhuiller Pawnshop near the corner of MacArthur Highway and G. Lazaro Road in Barangay (village) Dalandanan discovered the theft as the shop was about to open for business early Wednesday morning, according to the city police chief, Senior Supt. Rhoderick Armamento.

Armamento said the burglary appeared to be well planned, as the suspects first rented a commercial space right behind the pawnshop and from there chiseled their way through the concrete wall.

“The thieves posed as businessmen and rented the space at the back of the pawnshop, saying they would set up an ukay-ukay (used clothes) shop. They even built a cabinet and a table which they would supposedly use,” Armamento said in a phone interview.

He said the four suspects started renting the place Monday last week and even gave the owner P24,000 for a one-month deposit and advanced payment for two months.

After receiving the money, the owner did not bother checking the suspects’ IDs or background, the officer noted.

Investigators said the thieves broke into the pawnshop sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

“They chiseled away at the wall (during their stay at the other unit),” he said. “To mask the noise they made, the suspects also pretended to build a cabinet and a table.”

After boring a hole, the thieves used a bolt cutter and an acetylene torch to forcibly open the pawnshop’s vault containing jewelry. The bolt cutter was later recovered at the scene, along with a face mask and an empty sack. The pawnshop’s office was also left in disarray.

“The pawnshop is still doing an inventory, so the value of the stolen pieces of jewelry is yet to be determined. However, the suspects weren’t able to take everything from the vault,” Armamento said.

At the unit rented by the suspects, investigators found balut eggshells, a one-liter soft drink bottle and bits of food bought from a nearby convenience store.

“This crime was so well organized that anyone from the outside would never have thought there was something fishy going on. The suspects considered everything to hide what they were doing, to the point of cleaning up the bits of concrete they chiseled off and collecting them in sacks inside the property they rented,” Armamento said.

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  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Matagal na ito strategy ng mga kawatan, hanggang ngayon ba tolongges pa rin ang mga may-ari ng pawnshop?

  • Melvin

    Lubha akong nagtataka sa may-ari ng mga pawnshop. Siguro naman hindi na bababa sa isang dosenang pawnshop ang nadidistrungka ng mga magnanakaw. Wala ba silang maisip na paraan para hindi mapasok ang kanilang pawnshop…Lagyan nila ng sandamakmak na alarma yung kwarto ng pinagtataguan nila ng pera o kaha de yero.
    *Halimbawa lahat ng dadaanan ng magnanakaw lagyan nila ng alarma kapag napatid ang wire ay aalarma.
    *Yung nakapaligid na pader lagyan nila ng alarma, kapag binasag o ginalaw ay aalarma.
    *Yung kaha de yero kapag nahawakan ay magaalarma kasi ang katawan ng tao ay may resistance. Tulad sa alarma sa mga kotse…
    *Yung init ng singaw ng tao sa loob ng kwarto ng kaha de yero ay sapat na para mag trigger ito ng alarma.
    *Kahit yung patayan ng ilaw sa loob ng kwarto ng kaha de yero ay pwede rin kabitan ng alarma.
    *Ang taguan ng pera ay pwedeng kabitan ng maliit na switch kapag inangat ay magaalarma… Tulad sa pinto ng kotse kapag naka-awang di ba nagaalarma.
    *Maglagay sila ng sensitive na fire alarm para kung naninigarilyo ang magnanakaw ito ay aalarma…
    *Laging makipag-ccordinate sa mga katabing paupahang mga apartments… ito ang the best..

  • citizenH

    Wow, these guys are good, very good.  It should not be hard to find them, just look inside the PNP, they are probably hiding there in plain view.

  • RomyLitz

    Blame it on Nicolas Cage movie, Stolen,

    • Albert Einstien

      italian job too….lol

  • George

    “After receiving the money, the owner did not bother checking the suspects’ IDs or background, the officer noted.”

    Tulo ang luha ko. Unang bitayin dyan ang owner ng building.

  • generra

    bakit kailangan pang wasakin ang kalikasan samantalang may ginto dito sa maynila. sa pawnshop nga lang. joke! he,he

  • David

    aba’y mahilig manood ng csi o movies itong mga kawatan. ke gagaling na nila.

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