Quantcast

Police to monitor shoppers buying hammer or wrench, NCRPO chief says

By |


Police Director Leonardo Espina. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Shoppers be warned. You may be monitored by police for buying a hammer or wrench as these are now considered potential weapons for a crime.

“Mga bibili ng pipe wrench, martilyo, anything na pampalo will be monitored [Those who will buy pipe wrench, hammers, anything that can be used to smash (something). . .],” Director Leonardo Espina of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Friday.
Espina visited the SM Megamall, scene of a robbery last Saturday night.

Reports said that two of the six suspects had used pipe wrenches to smash the windows of two jewelry stores on the ground floor of the mall’s department store, one had a .45 caliber pistol while the others served as lookouts. The wrenches were bought at the hardware store which was also inside the mall.

The suspects have since remained at large.

The incident at Megamall was followed by two more at Robinsons Magnolia in Quezon City and Robinsons’ Place in Ermita, which both occurred Wednesday.

Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima, in a talk with the Philippine Daily Inquirer Wednesday night, dismissed the rash of shooting at the malls, referring to January’s figure of similar incidents this year as being much lower compared to the same figures in the same period for 2012.

MANILA, Philippines – Shoppers be warned. You may be monitored by police for buying a hammer or wrench as these are now considered potential weapons for a crime.

“Mga bibili ng pipe wrench, martilyo, anything na pampalo will be monitored [Those who will buy pipe wrench, hammers, anything that can be used to smash (something). . .],” Director Leonardo Espina of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Friday.

Espina visited the SM Megamall, scene of a robbery last Saturday night.

Reports said that two of the six suspects had used pipe wrenches to smash the windows of two jewelry stores on the ground floor of the mall’s department store, one had a .45 caliber pistol while the others served as lookouts. The wrenches were bought at the hardware store which was also inside the mall.

The suspects have since remained at large.

The incident at Megamall was followed by two more at Robinsons Magnolia in Quezon City and Robinsons’ Place in Ermita, which both occurred Wednesday.

Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima, in a talk with the Philippine Daily Inquirer Wednesday night, dismissed the rash of shooting at the malls, referring to January’s figure of similar incidents this year as being much lower compared to the figures in the same period for 2012.




Follow Us


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Consumer issues , Crime , malls , Police , robbery , Security , Shooting , Shopping , SM Megamall , Tools




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
Advertisement
Marketplace
Advertisement