TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan- A steel bar-secured vault and active alarm helped foil a bank robbery attempt on East West Bank College Avenue here on Saturday, May 5.
In a report, police believe the robbery attempt started at around 12:46 AM to 1:30 AM of early Saturday morning by unidentified persons.
This city’s police said they received a call from the officer-in-charge of the bank’s monitoring security center in Metro Manila. Th officer said the alarm of East West Bank Tuguegarao City branch rang and activated that early morning.
Further, security saw a person from the centralized CCTV monitoring camera inside the
said bank, near its vault.
After the call, acting City Chief of Police Superintendent George Cablarda and a team immediately went to the bank. Bank manager Romel Melad opened the bank for the police who began conducting ocular inspection.
The team and Melad inspected the vault room where they saw a hole on the floor. Police said the dug hole is probably connected to the drainage system underneath which served as the suspects’ entry and exit point.
“Fortunately, the suspects failed to penetrate the vault because it [was] secured with steel bars,” police said in a report.
Regional Police Scene of the Crime Operatives led by Police Superintendent Edison Lopez recovered from the scene a hydraulic jack, a crowbar, a flashlight, a pair of pliers, a flat screw driver, a steel saw, and a piece of wood.
Lopez and his team also lifted latent finger prints at the crime scene.
Meanwhile, Cagayan Valley Police Director Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino urged the public especially personnel of banks and big establishments in cities and highly urbanized areas to stay vigilant.
Espino said this is to prevent being victimized by robbers operating in the region.
In 2009, another bank in the area, BPI College Avenue, was also targeted by bank robbers, but the robbery attempt was also foiled by the police’s “prompt response.” Northernforum.net