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CdO pawnshop robbers known

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Police have identified the suspects in a pawnshop robbery during the holidays here.

Police Inspector Ariel Pontillas, chief of the Theft and Robbery Section of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office, said the images taken from the CCTV of the motel where the group checked-in matched the images of four persons involved in a similar case in Caraga region.

Pontillas said the same group was also tagged in robbery cases in others parts of Mindanao, such as the Valencia case.

Police identified the suspects as “Acetylene Gang, members Edmon Paliag, Arnel Bagudang, Rico Patunggay, and Ardis Colon alias “George” and “Pablo”.

The group was previously into mining operation in Benguet before they engaged in robbery, Pontillas said.

One of the suspects, who registered as a certain Dennis Paisan, identified himself as an engineer, according to the motel staff.

Pontillas said the robbers checked in at a budget motel adjacent to the building occupied by the Alson Pawnshop.

The suspects stayed in three rooms of the motel for four days before they executed the robbery.

From the inn, the robbers bore two holes that led them to the pawnshop where they opened two safety vaults using oxygen tanks and other tools which were later recovered by the police from the crime scene.

Pontillas said, although subjected for confirmation yet, the suspects could have carted away R10 million worth of jewelry, gadgets, and cash. (Camcer Ordonez Imam)