MANILA – Motorcycle-riding men stole P300,000 in cash and other valuables from a dental clinic in Sampaloc, Manila on Wednesday.
Police said the suspects parked near the clinic of Dr. Dulce Otamias prior to the robbery. They scouted the clinic while one of them pretended to buy from a nearby sari-sari store.
Incidentally, Otamias stepped out of the clinic to go to the parlor, and left the place, which is also their residence, under the care of her two young children and the househelp.
The suspect, once seeing that the doctor was not in, removed his helmet and went into the clinic. Once inside, he forced the two children to go inside the house and took all the valuables in just 15 minutes.
CCTV footage from the barangay showed that the suspect left the clinic wearing his helmet, carrying a bag filled with cash, jewelry, four laptops, a cellphone and other gadgets.
He then hurriedly left the scene with his cohort.
The two children told their mother that the suspect said they had a gun before ransacking the house. The suspect even asked where Otamias kept the cash and jewelry, the children said.
Otamias, meanwhile, said her kids were traumatized by the incident. She also said it was not the first time they fell victim to this kind of modus.
Just last March 3, she said her other clinic was also robbed by an armed man. She recalled that a man pretended to be a customer by asking how much dentures cost, and then pushed her secretary and brandished a balisong.
"Hindi mo kasi masasabi e, yung akala mo maganda ang bihis na mukhang pasyente, siya pala holdaper. Yung inaakala mong holdaper, sya pala totoong pasyente," Otamias said.
She is appealing to other dentists to work together against this modus and prevent future robberies of dental clinics from happening.
Meanwhile, police have an artist’s sketch of the suspect, based on the testimony of the victim’s children. They believe the suspects are behind the rash of robberies of dental clinics in Manila. -- From a report by Francis Faulve, ABS-CBN News