Burglars hit mall in Lapu-Lapu City

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A mall in Barangay Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City was burglarized by unidentified men on early Thursday morning, Jan. 7, 2021.

Police believe that more than one person was behind the burglary at Gaisano Mactan Island Mall.

Police Col. Arnel Banzon, Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) director, said a jewelry store and a cellular phone shop were burglarized but that they had yet to determine the amount of money, jewelry and other items carted away by the burglars.

Banzon said though there was no sign of forced entry outside the mall, they found one of the doors of one of the establishments that were burglarized to have been damaged.

They also found the wall of the mall’s storage room to have been destroyed.

Banzon believes that the destroyed wall served as the suspects’ exit point.

The incident came to the police’s attention after the mall’s management sought their help at around 8 a.m. on Thursday.

The local police, accompanied by Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan, immediately conducted an inspection of the burglarized establishments inside the mall.

Prepared for task

Chan says the burglars knew what they were doing since they used specialized tools to open the vaults of the affected establishments.

“Police found pieces of steel that the burglars left behind at the crime (scene). I believe these suspects really knew what they were doing as they even used improvised welding equipment to open those vaults,” Chan said.

Banzon said the burglary that occurred at the mall was similar to the burglaries that occurred in offices at

City Hall.

“They are similar in terms of how they were executed. But we are confident we can solve this case,” Banzon said.

Still around

Banzon believes the suspects are still in Lapu-Lapu City and they are currently the subject of follow-up operations by his personnel.

Banzon vowed not to stop their investigation until they are able to arrest those behind the burglaries. (NDT / JKV)