BCPO ups alert vs rob gang

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is intensifying its intelligence monitoring operations after three identified members of the Ozamiz robbery group were sighted in the city.

Hotels, pension houses and even apartments are being monitored by the police as these places could be the possible hideouts of the gang members.

Senior Superintendent Larry Decena, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said Wednesday they already have the names of the three members of the group.


He said they received information that members of both the Ozamiz and “martilyo” (hammer) groups are in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.

“This is one of our target hardening measures because Bacolod City is now celebrating the Panaad Festival and maybe they will take the opportunity to operate because of the celebration,” Decena said.

The BCPO chief said they have validated information, but they are facing difficulty in locating the robbery group’s hideout.

The information is not based only on the intelligence monitoring of BCPO, but also of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Noppo) and Negros Oriental police units, including the Dumaguete City Police Office, he said.

The three members of the Ozamiz robbery group were identified in Dumaguete City after they were also sighted earlier in the area.

All the police units in the city are now focused on monitoring the presence of the suspects, Decena said.

He said they cannot discount the possibility that the robbery group will also strike in Bacolod City, adding that they have already alerted the different security agencies in malls, jewelry stores, and banks.

“Despite our busy schedules, we cannot afford to leave behind other responsibilities unattended,” Decena said.

Decena also asked the public to be vigilant and to report to the police the presence of suspicious looking persons.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 03, 2014.

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