Multiple charges are being readied for filing by the police against the suspected member of a Mindanao-based organized crime group arrested after the robbery of a pawnshop in Dumaguete City at around 8:18 a.m. Saturday.
Supt. James Goforth, police chief of Dumaguete, said yesterday that suspect Jesuslo Alegria, 42, of Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur, will be charged for robbery-in-band, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and illegal possession of an explosive, a non-bailable offense.
Aside from the shotgun with live rounds of ammunition that Alegria had snatched from the security guard of the Agencia Belen pawnshop, police also recovered from him some P5-million worth of jewelry and a grenade, Goforth said.
He was arrested in a hot pursuit operation in Sibulan town, Negros Oriental, after he and several other still unidentified cohorts robbed the pawnshop in downtown Dumaguete.
Alegria, who is detained at the lockup cell of the Dumaguete PNP, appears to be cooperating with the police but has not given a full disclosure on the robbery incident, Goforth said.
An ex-convict previously detained at the Marikina City jail in Metro Manila for various offenses, Alegria is believed to be a member of the Sputnik Gang, the Alferez group, and also affiliated with other crime syndicates operating off the Pagadian-Ozamis areas, he said.
It took less than 60 seconds for the suspects to stage the robbery and take away at least nine trays of gold and other valuable jewelry.
Footages from the closed-circuit television cameras of the pawnshop showed at least five men, carrying long firearms and handguns, entering the pawnshop, pointing guns at the employees, and taking all the jewelry in glass casings.
Other footages from the CCTV cameras of nearby OK Pensionne House and the HVL Motor Parts shop showed three motorcycles, with three men each on board, fleeing the crime scene.
He said the three motorcycles and the black Toyota Revo, that was also used as a getaway vehicle by some suspects, were chased by the police. The vehicles were earlier seen on board the MV Trisha Kerstin 3 of the Aleson Shipping Lines from Dipolog City to Dumaguete City Saturday.
The manifest of cargoes from the shipping lines showed that the Revo, with plate number XHE 793, was registered to Amalia Atienza, the Honda XRM 125 motorcycle, bearing plate number KL5268, to Pedro Duhaylungsod, and another Honda XRM 125, with plate number KJ2381, to Armando Hagan.
The Revo and the two motorcycles were recovered later by the police, after they were believed abandoned by the suspects.
The third motorcycle, a Honda Wave 125 bearing plate number KH1153 and registered to Jared Valdez, and also on board the MV Trisha Kerstin 3, has not yet been located.
Investigation, however, showed the registration plates to be bogus, Goforth said.
He also said he believes that the robbery group had help from their local contacts in casing the shop and planning the heist.*JFP
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