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Text foils suspected bank robbery in Ifugao

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Lagawe, Ifugao (6 March) -- A text to the police foiled what was suspected to be a bank robbery in this capital town last week.

Lagawe Chief of Police PSInspector Typon Acod said a concerned citizen here texted him that there were men who entered a covered canal infront of their house, and did not come back.

Acting on this tip, Acod and some of his men went to the area and discovered a tunnel leading to the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP). Apparently sensing the presence of lawmen, the suspected robbers escaped following the covered canal box culvert from Poblacion North down to Poblacion East. The opening of the tunnel is located 100 meters away from the LBP.

Recovered in the tunnel were one hackshaw, one auger brace with three bits, two headlights, one hydraulic jack (15 ton capacity), one cross cut saw, blue jogging pants, one maong pants, six plastic bottles mineral water, one black cap, one broken gallon, one lighter, two ropes, one shovel, one digging too and food.

According to Acod, the length of the tunnel is around 67 feet from the edge of the covered canal box culvert with approximately two feet below the pavement of the road.

Acod said that the box culvert near the Bureau of Fire Office was the ideal entrance since it was shaded with trees.

LBP-Lagawe Branch Manager Normandy Salagubang is very thankful to the residents for reporting the incident to the police. "Its good it was discovered before the robbers reached the bank," he said. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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