Megamall guards unarmed during robbery - PNP
MANILA, Philippines - Security guards at SM Megamall were unarmed when robbers attacked a jewelry store and took away hundreds of jewelry pieces Saturday night, January 26, police said.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Monday, January 28, this was among the security lapses committed by guards at SM Megamall.
Chief Supt Toma Rentoy III, head of the PNP Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA), said guards could have discouraged the members of the Martilyo Gang from robbing the mall had they been carrying firearms. Rentoy added the security checks conducted at mall entrances were insufficient.
"They were just going through the motions...even if their metal detectors go off they do not inspect people meticulously," Rento said.
Lambdan Security Agency, the agency of the guards at Megamall at the time, faces possible suspension and fines.
On Saturday, 6 men entered the mall in Mandaluyong and robbed a jewelry counter on the ground floor. All suspects escaped. The manhunt continues for the suspects, with the PNP releasing composite sketches of two of them, based on CCTV footage.
No one was hurt in the incident. - Rappler.com