Police to monitor mall goers buying hardware tools



NCRPO director Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina

MANILA, Philippines—Police will monitor mall goers in Metro Manila who will buy hardware tools that can be used to pull off a robbery,  National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Leonardo Espina, said Friday.

“Those who will buy pipe wrench, hammer—those that can be used for smashing will be monitored,” Espina said.

The police chief, however, refused to give details as to how the “monitoring” will be done, but added that the public should not fear the operation if they are not planning to do anything illegal.

Several men robbed the F and C Jewelry store located on the ground floor of SM Megamall’s building B at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The pipe wrench used by the suspects to break the glass jewellery case was allegedly bought in a hardware store inside the mall.

The robbers fired shots to trigger panic as they make their escape.

“This is a group. Not a big one,” Espina said. “We promise you that.”

He said cases will be filed against the suspects on Monday.

Security around and inside SM Megamall has been tightened in the wake of the heist.

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  • superpilipinas

    What a stupid joke.! Can’t you guys think of something better to do?

  • pilipino

    Would they follow me all the way to my car if I buy a hammer in ACE hardware tomorrow?

    I think PNoy should also increase the strength of our National Police force, both in terms of uniformed personnel, firepower and high-tech intel capabilities.

    • dodong1

      YUP, they even escort you to your car and out of the parking lot…

      • pilipino

        I like that, pag nagkataon walang makapang-holdap at makapikpaket sa akin dahil may nakabuntot na mamang pulis. Dapat tuwing shopping dapat makabili ng hammer para libre bodyguard!

      • dodong1

        kaya punta ka na sa mall at bumili ng martilyo pang pokpok sa bobong commagder na si espina…

  • Bayawak

    Paano na lang yong mga karpentero at mga tubero baka hulihin pa sila o baka ma salvage pa.
    Director Espina ay NCRPO ganyan ba ang naisip ninyong prevention.Eh kung gayan nga director mo di mas bubu ang mga pankaraniwang mga pulis.

  • kismaytami

    Isip-isip ng mga batugang pulis… Monitor mo mukha mo!

  • boybakal

    Hardware store, nasa loob ng Mall…inviting  robbery.

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