Guard shot dead by pawnshop robbers in South Cotabato
COTABATO CITY, Philippines – A security guard was killed by robbers who broke into a pawnshop in Sto. Niño town in South Cotabato on Wednesday afternoon and took P100,000 in cash and jewelry.
Insp. Joel Fuerte, Sto. Niño police chief, identified the slain security guard as Richard Tabalong of the Palawan Pawnshop. He died after he was shot in the head by the gunmen.
“The suspects carted away more than P100,000 cash and jewelry from the pawnshop,” Fuerte told radio dxOM Happy FM Koronadal.
Fuerte added that the robbery lasted only for a minute, similar to what happened in the Agencia Brillantes in Koronadal City in 2014.
After the robbery, the two men who were in camouflage fatigue pants and wearing bull caps, fled toward Barangay Bai Sarapinang in Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat.
In 2014, six gunmen robbed the Agencia Brillantes in Koronadal City’s commercial district, killing two security guards and taking about P600,000 in cash and jewelry.
Two of the suspects, including the gang leader, were arrested and are now behind bars.
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