No suspects yet in P400-K town hall burglaries

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No suspects yet in P400-K town hall burglaries

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Police remain without suspects in their investigation of the alleged burglary of the treasurer’s offices in Anda and Balilihan early on January 23, according to a Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO) official.

Supt. Rene Kyamko, chief of the BPPO’s Investigation and Detective Management Branch, said that they have sustained their deep probe on the burglary cases and requested investigation reports from both towns’ police stations.

Kyamko also asked for the lists of policemen on-duty during the burglaries of both town halls which lost around P400,000.

He said that the BPPO will determine whether on-duty policemen during the crimes can be held accountable as the Anda and Balilihan police stations are close to their respective town halls.

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For his part, SPO3 Ernesto Sagarino, Anda police officer-in-charge, said that two men who were suspected of burglarizing the town’s municipal hall had been arrested.

However, they were later on released as their fingerprints did not match any of those collected from the crime scene.

Sagarino also admitted that they remain without a lead in their probe as investigators failed to get useful images from closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras outside two banks in front of the town hall.

He said that the CCTV of a First Consolidated Bank branch across the municipal hall did not have footages of the vicinity during the alleged burglary.

An information technology professional was also unable to explain the lack of footages from the CCTV camera, said Sagarino.

Meanwhile, the CCTV of a nearby Metrobank was also unable to record videos of the vicinity as it was reportedly offline during the incident.

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In Balilihan, policemen also continue to gather information as no suspect has also been tagged at their end, said the town’s police chief, Senior Insp. Dennis Lumor who suspects that the incident was an inside job.

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On Januray 23, the Anda treasurer’s office allegedly lost P300,000 in a burglary which reportedly took place at 2 a.m. while P97,000 was stolen from its Balilihan counterpart at around 4 a.m. (Rey Tutas and Allen Doydora)

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