MANILA, Philippines – Seven Filipinos, including 2 women, have been tagged as suspects in a US$1 million jewelry heist from an expo in Istanbul, Turkey.
Authorities were able to identify 6 of the 7 suspects through security camera footage. The suspects were identified as Janice Apostol, Armando Fajardo, Edgardo Ramos, Cesar Galvez, Rosita Panlilio and a certain Herbie Cruz.
It was learned that the suspects had just arrived in Istanbul, and after stealing the jewelry, they immediately fled to Dubai then went back to the Philippines.
The incident reportedly happened during the 32nd Istanbul Jewelry Expo last month.
Today's Zaman online reported on March 21, 2011 that the thieves took the necklace from the Zela Jeweler booth.
The online report said the modus operandi of the group involved distracting the booth’s employee while another provided cover and a third person served as lookout.
It added that the 2 women also distracted the security personnel by frequently entering and exiting through security checkpoints.
The group was able to cart away one diamond emerald necklace estimated to be worth US$1 million.
Because of the incident, Turkish Immigration officials allegedly became stricter to Filipinos entering the country. TV Patrol