TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Police on Friday, August 3, said the security guards of Metrobank’s Tuguegarao main branch conspired with the robbers that took away more than P21 million in a heist on Tuesday night, July 31.
The statement of the police came after reportedly reviewing the video footage caught by a CCTV in the area.
Investigators of the case said it was Metrobank’s chief security officer Angelo Liban who opened the accordion door going to the Cash Management Services Unit (CMSU), making the robbers to “freely” enter the bank.
“It was found out that [security guards] Angelo Liban and… Ace Mark Gunnacao…were accomplices to the crime of robbery,” Cagayan police said in a progress report.
Liban and Gunnacao, and the robbers are facing charges of Robbery, with intimidation, committed by a band, and with the use of firearms. They are now detained at the Tuguegarao City police station.
Around 8:20 pm on Tuesday, five robbers ransacked the CMSU while employees were currently sorting cash.
Security guards Liban and Gunnacao earlier claimed the robbers wearing green camouflage uniforms introduced themselves as police officers and declared for an inspection.
After Liban reportedly opened the accordion door, one of the suspects declared hold-up as four more suspects rushed in to tie up the security guards, and eventually to rob the bank.
Metrobank in a statement on Wednesday, August 1, said no customer’s account was affected by the robbery.
“All of our employees are safe and working with the authorities who are leading investigation,” the bank said.