Cops offer P300K bounty each for 6 Megamall rob suspects



A month after the SM Megamall jewelry store heist, the Philippine National Police is offering cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of the six robbers, three of whom had been identified with the help of security camera footage.

In a press briefing at the Mandaluyong City police headquarters on Tuesday, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina announced the P300,000 bounty each on Alex Dimalen, Nasrudin Andal and Tho Mangulamas.

Espina said the reward money was raised by civil society groups, which he declined to identify.

The three suspects were positively identified by several witnesses as the ones who carried out the robbery in The Jeweller and F & C Jewelry stores on the  ground floor of the mall’s main department store early night of Jan. 26, Espina said.

ALEX Dimalen

He said Mangulamas, the group’s leader, was also a suspect in the Aug. 16, 2010 Tambunting pawnshop robbery at Metropoint Mall in Pasay City.

Mandaluyong police chief Senior Supt. Florendo Quibuyen said that based on a ballistics exam, the two .45-cal. bullets recovered at the scene of the Megamall heist matched the four cartridges found at the ransacked Tambunting pawnshop.

Espina said Andal was the one who held the gun and fired the two shots in the mall to scare away shoppers.

Dimalen was  the one who bought the wrench in a hardware store in the mall prior to the robbery, police said.

THO Mangulamas

Espina said the three suspects took part in the robbery while they were out on bail in connection with other robbery charges filed against them in different courts.

Their three other cohorts remained unidentified, but Quibuyen said any information leading to their identification and arrest would also entitle tipsters to the same cash reward.

The police urged people who could offer leads to call 0918-9385871, 5023672 or 6410266. “We will ensure the confidentiality of your identity and personal information,” Espina said.

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  • sondo1968

    So sa mga kapulisan, out on bail pala itong mga ito.

    May reward na ngayon siguro naman, di nyo na sila kelangan pang kanlungin para magkapera kayo.

    hulihin nyo na tapos…alam nyo na…kunwari sa aktong pag-aresto biglang bumunot ng baril.

    parang marantan style lang mga tata., kaya naman di ba

  • pedronimo


    Para sa akin hindi tama na ipagmagaling ng Kapulisan na “natukoy na po” yung mga salarin sa Mega mall heist. Ang gusto ng bayan ay hindi matukoy kundi’y mahuli at maparusahan ang mga iyan.

    Ang sama nito, kung ako’y isa sa mga salarin at natukoy na pala ang identity KO, eh di magtatago na lang ako ng husto. Magpapalit ako ng hairdo, magd-idisguise ako ng parang pare, or sundalong naka-uniforme, o kaya takpan ang isang mata at magkunwaring bulag, I will get an overhaul of my facial look and personality. Sa ganun hindi ako basta mahuli ng mga pulis.

    Kasi dapat gumamit ng taktika anG police by feeding media with misleading or wrong information like reporting that: 1. The police are investigating reports that the 3 have escaped to the North or the South though alam ng pulis nasa Tondo lang pala; or show on print media and television wrong faces (of dead convicts) to fool the culptrits into complacency until they are cornered and caught by the police. Then and only then should authorities call a press conference showing on live coverage the criminals in custody na and their shamed faces.

  • prangka

    Why won’t you say it frankly that the bounty was offered by SMDC, SMIC and SMPH instead of saying Civil Society Group? 

  • Jhune

    Mahuhulina ang mga iyan kasi may reward, ganyan gumawa ang mga pulis, hindi na kasi uubra ang pangingikil nila dahil mahigpit ngayon ang katulisan. Another way to gain money for there pocket specially those with 3 partners.

  • F alonso

    in and out ng Jail mga yan,catch and hang them.There’s no better way to deal with then.

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