POLICE yesterday intensified their manhunt for a group of fake armed agents of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation who staged a daring heist inside a house inside the supposed to be well-secluded BF Homes, Parañaque City, early evening Tuesday, People’s Tonight learned.
CIDG National Capital Region Field Unit chief, Colonel Randy Glenn F. Silvio said they have found out that the suspects merely posed as “CIDG agents” when they barged inside 19-G Floro Street, BF Heva Executive Subdivision in Bgy. BF Homes around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“We interviewed the victims and security guards of the subdivision and none of them were able to identify any of our men thru pictures we showed them. This case also appears to be an ‘inside job’ and involved persons who were claiming they were victimized by a fraudulent networking scheme run by some relatives of the victims,” Silvio said.
In a report to PNP-CIDG director, Major General Albert Ignatius D. Ferro, the official said two close relatives of the victims have been accused of swindling and large-scale estafa in Davao del Norte and one of them is already in jail while the other is still being hunted.
“We are tracking down these armed and dangerous suspects in coordination with the NCRPO. Based on our investigation, they identified themselves as CIDG officers out to serve a search warrant issued against the victims. However, they merely posed as CIDG men to gain entry into the victims’ place,” he said.
Around 10 a.m. Wednesday, Silvio and other PNP-CIDG officers including Southern District Field Unit chief, Major Michael Villanueva went to the place of the robbery to interview the victims identified as Johnro, Daryll John and Donna Grace Garcia.
The CIDG officers were joined by personnel from the Parañaque City Police Sub-Station 5.
They also interviewed the homeowners’ association president and the security head of the subdivision and reviewed the CCTV footages in the area.
Silvio said they also went to the KFC Las Piñas branch to review the establishment’s CCTV but the store manager refused to give them a copy of the CCTV recording without a court order.
It turned out that the victims were dropped by the suspects in front of the KFC branch.
According to the CIDG-NCRFU chief, they found out from the victims that one of the suspects in the heist was their close family friend.
The suspect was seen in the CCTV footage leaving the subdivision and following a black Toyota Fortuner with plate number ABH-2126 stolen from the victims by the suspects.
“We are preparing criminal charges against the identified suspect and the rest of the armed men who introduced themselves as CIDG agents when they committed the heist,” said Silvio.
A Southern Police District (SPD) report said the suspects identified themselves as members of the “CIDG” when they barged inside the victims’ residence and showed their firearms.
The suspects stole the victim’s SUV, a laptop computer, an iPhone 12, a Huawei y9, a Vivo cellphone, assorted documents including the house title, assorted keys and some P20,000 in cash before fleeing.
The SPD said the armed men brought the victims with them in their escape but dropped them near Wilcon, Las Piñas City.