Rural bank in Kidapawan ransacked

The money, according to bank teller and cashier Chris Castro, was placed inside a steel box.

Castro, one of the bank employees who arrived early today, was surprised to see the  damaged door.

“I was all the more surprised to see the opened drawers.   When I checked our safety box, the money was no longer there,” said Castro.

One of the witnesses told authorities that he saw a man, about 5 feet and 2 inches tall wearing khaki shorts and white shirt, come out of the bank, at around 2:30 am today.

Blancada hinted that aside from a man wearing khaki shorts, there may have been two more persons who carried out the robbery.

“One proof was a size 10 blue slipper and three cigarette butts left in the area. It’s possible the suspects could have stayed longer inside the bank,” he said.

Today’s bank robbery was the first in the city for more than a decade now, authorities said.

“The bank has a loose security system. The fact is, the guard only reports for work from 8 am to 5pm, and the bank has no guard during night time.  Also, it has no safety vault yet,” said the investigator. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)