POLICE have launched a manhunt operation against four armed motorcycle-riding men in the daring robbery holdup of a UCPB branch in Surigao City on Monday and carted away P6.7 million, a police official said.
Caraga police spokesman Supt, Martin Gamba in a report to Camp Crame on Tuesday said armed men armed with firearms of undetermined calibre barged into the bank’s branch on San Nicolas Diez, Brgy. Taft in Surigao City at around 9:30 a.m., shortly after the bank opened.
The suspects arrived on board two black XRM motorcycle units and grabbed the shotgun of security guard Efren Doquila stationed at the bank entrance.
Three suspects entered the bank while another one stood as look out. Two of the suspects took the money and checks from a bank teller’s booth and fled on board their getaway vehicles, police report said.
Initial report said the suspects carted away a total of P6.7 million, composed of P4.04 million in cash and P2.3 million in bank checks. The cash and check deposits were that of the Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Surneco) deposited at the bank at around 9am, the police official said in the report.
Police added they have yet to know through bank manager Young Alaniel Bumanlag, if the suspects also robbed some clients who were at the bank when the incident took place.
Elements of the Surigao City Police Station and Surigao del Norte Provincial Public Safety Company conducted dragnet operations with checkpoints/chokepoints along the roads of Surigao City.