DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) –The Dumaguete City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) recently instructed the local Philippine National Police to coordinate with the Ozamis City police station after a reported Ozamis-Pagadian organized crime group allegedly participated in a robbery/hold-up in Dumaguete City is sighted in the province.
One of the suspects, a resident of Pagadian City was arrested shortly after the incident, and other unidentified members were still at large.
P/Supt. Carlos Lacuesta Jr, officer-in-charge of Dumaguete City police station reported that the remaining five suspected members of the Mindanao-based crime syndicate group have been sighted in different areas in Negros Oriental.
The police intensified its force by conducting daily checkpoints to preempt any eventualities, said Lacuesta.
City Prosecutor Ely Escorial asked the law enforcement agencies in the city to coordinate with Ozamis police to obtain some photos and names of the accomplices that might have the knowledge of the crime group’s whereabouts.
Atty Escorial said photos of the suspected criminal personalities can be posted in different business establishments in the city to alert the public.
The police also alerted the barangays to report any suspicious personalities
Meantime, P/Insp. Robelito DeLeon Mariano, chief of the provincial police Highway Patrol Group pledged to the CPOC to check the records of Amalia Atienza in Cavite, the owner of the black Toyota Revo Wagon used as a getaway vehicle by some of the suspects on the robbery/hold-up of P7million worth of jewelry in Agencia Belen.
The Revo, with plate number XHE 793 was registered in the name of a certain Amalia M. Atienza, was recovered by the police later after the suspects abandoned it.
Mariano said the HPG will also coordinate with the Land Transportation Office Cavite to verify if the Revo was sold and the latest owner deliberately did not transferred it to his name. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)