2 suspects investigated for role in Tagum mall robbery

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – Two persons of interest who were arrested by police in separate operations conducted this week have been placed under investigation for their possible involvement in a robbery at a jewelry shop inside NCCC Mall in Tagum City last Saturday.

Based on a report of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), Edwin Y. Cornetes, 43, was caught noon on Wednesday at his residence in Tibungco, this city, following a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Dax Gonzaga Xenos of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 34 for robbery.

He is in the top 10 most wanted of the Bunawan Police Station.

The suspect is currently detained at Bunawan PNP for documentation, pending turn-over to issuing court and for proper disposition.

Last Monday, a certain Salvador Giad Dagond, who presented himself as Francis “Atort” Molo, was arrested at La Filipina Tagum City around 3 p.m. for robbery with violence and intimidation based on the warrant of arrest issued by RTC 34 last year.

He is also placed under the custody of the Tagum City Police Station after he fits the description of one of the seven suspects based on the image captured from closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) who robbed Shirley Jewelry Shop inside the mall at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Speaking during Wednesday’s AFP-PNP press conference, Chief Insp. Andrea G. dela Cerna, spokesperson of PRO 11, said that she could not disclose how much was lost to the robbery as the establishment is currently doing an inventory to identify the cost of the jewelries lost to robbers.

Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 also released on Wednesday cartographic sketches of the two suspects.

In a report, a roving security guard was shot, which resulted to his death.

Based on the cartographic sketch, one of the identified suspects is described as 5’5” to 5’6” in height, medium build, between 30 and 35 years old while the other is 5’2, between 32 and 33 years.

These suspects are believed to be members of the “Martilyo Gang.”

Dela Cerna added that they are verifying other incidents in Tagum with the same modus as the suspects to possibly identify their identities.

Clips from the closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) are being been studied to possibly get the image of the suspects, according to Dela Cerna.

“We have no names yet but we have the suspects already,” she added.