Robbers who stormed SM North clearly caught on camera – Roxas
MANILA, Philippines–Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II said Monday authorities have identified the faces of the persons who robbed two jewelry stores inside SM North EDSA Sunday evening.
“Maganda yung CCTV system ng SM kaya malinaw yung mga mukha na andun sa CCTV system na yun,” Roxas said.
(SM’s CCTV system’s quality is good, and the faces of the perpetrators caught on camera are clearly seen.)
He said footage from SM’s security camera even captured the image of the suspects while they were buying hammer and the crow bar which they later used in shattering the glass display cabinets of F & C Jewelry and The Jeweller located inside the mall’s department store.
Authorities, he said, are getting still images of the faces seen in the footage, which they will compare with faces of suspects in the robbery at the SM Megamall early this year.
Police Superintendent Pedro Tesnado Sanchez, Quezon City Police District-Station 2 commander, said they are looking at seven men who are probably involved in this robbery incident that took place around 7:50 p.m.
The total amount of looted jewels is yet to be determined, he said.
For his part, Police Senior Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac said PNP chief, Director General Alan Purisima, has directed all Regional and District directors to meet mall owners and security officers in their respective areas for possible changes in their security measures.
Meanwhile, given the fact that the hammer and crow bar used in the robbery were bought inside the mall, Sindac said one proposal being looked into is the use of a claim stub which customers buying “critical” construction materials will present to claim their purchased item outside the mall.
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