Big Butuan City store ransacked by robbers

by Ben Serrano

      April 11, 2011


            BUTUAN CITY (PNA) - Just recently opened Butuan City Branch store of UNICITY General Merchandise was recent victim of rising robbery cases in the city and other parts of Caraga region.


            Owned by Chinese nationals, UNICITY have big store branches established in almost all key cities nationwide.


The UNICITY Butuan City store branch is located at prime commercial location in this city.


            Butuan City Police official report to Caraga PNP regional office claimed the robbers gained entry inside huge warehouse of said store which was formerly a cinema house closed due bankruptcy and managed to stay inside the bodega for hours until the store closing.


            When they are about to open store on Saturday morning, UNICITY General Merchandise, Inc, Store Supervisor Gigi Gemallan Tarucan complained to police investigators that many items/stocks in their warehouse were taken away by the suspects.


            A cash money amounting to P32,000.00 was also stolen from cash vault of the UNICITY Butuan Branch.


            Police operatives from the Butuan City Police Office Theft and Robbery Unit proceeded to the crime scene and conducted investigation.


Initial Investigation result showed the suspects stayed inside and hide at the bodega of the said establishment until closing time, thereafter, took the said items then forcibly opened the glass wall as their exit.


            Police said they are still conducting more investigations of the incident.


            Poverty related crimes such as theft. Robberies, snatching and akyat bahay gang robberies have significantly increased in the first to second quarter of this year prompting Caraga PNP regional director Chief Supt. Reynaldo S. Rafal to order 24 hour police visibility patrol system in the entire region.


            Rafal however assured the public that some robbery cases were isolated due to increasing population in the City of Butuan as more and more rural folk seek opportunities in the city. (PNA/Ben Serrano)

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