Cops foil alleged bank robbery attempt in QC mall

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 02 2011 06:07 PM | Updated as of Sep 03 2011 08:53 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – An alleged bank robbery attempt in a Quezon City mall was foiled by police on Friday afternoon.

The alleged bank robbers were arrested by police at the Banco de Oro branch in SM North EDSA, District Public Safety Battalion commander Senior Superintendent Gerardo Ratuita said.

Ratuita said 4 men and 2 women were arrested.

The bank’s security guard became suspicious when he noticed that the group had been lurking outside the bank since Friday morning.

The guard immediately alerted police when 2 women, believed to be part of the group, entered the bank and attempted to open a bank account.

The Philippine National Police clarified that the 6 arrested suspects in their custody will still undergo an investigation.

Initial investigation showed that 2 other suspects are still at large. They allegedly escaped using a Starex van.

Meanwhile, 4 other suspected getaway vehicles--a Black Nissan Navara, Toyota Corolla, Suzuki ATV and Toyota Avanza--that were parked across the bank were seized by police.

Authorities said 2 of the vehicles had stickers and gate passes from Malacañang. It also had identification cards indicating that the owners of the vehicles could be employees of the Office of the President.

However, police had yet to determine whether the identification cards are genuine.

Three short firearms were also recovered from the vehicles, said Superintendent Audi Madrideo of the Quezon City Police District Station 2.

Ratuita said the arrested suspects were brought to Camp Caringal for further investigation.

In a statement, BDO said it will cooperate with the investigation.

“The bank has always been vigilant and we implement stringent measures to protect the safety of our clients. We will cooperate with authorities and assist them in any way possible,” BDO said. -- Reports from Johnson Manabat, dzMM; Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News