Robbers strike at Western Union branch

Posted at 01/29/13 12:43 PM

MANILA (1st UPDATE) -- At least 6 armed men robbed a branch of Western Union in Sucat, Parañaque City on Tuesday, police said.

Sr. Supt. Billy Beltran, Parañaque City Police chief, said roving policemen immediately responded to the Western Union branch along Lopez Avenue after receiving a report from traffic officers near the area.

Beltran said upon arriving at the crime scene, four of the suspects who were acting as lookouts suddenly fired at the policemen.

Initial investigation showed that one of the armed men posed as a customer before declaring a robbery.

The suspects succeeded in filching over P60,000 in cash, according to an auditor of the Western Union branch.

Police said the suspects also stole a camera and an iPod from a customer inside the Western Union branch.

No one among the policemen was reported injured. However, their patrol car was heavily strafed.

Police said no one from the suspects, who escaped on board two motorcycles, was injured.

Recovered from the crime scene were empty bullet shells from 9-mm pistols and armalite rifles.

Beltran said one of the robbers has already been identified.

He said a teller and a security guard positively identified the man based on their copies of their customers' IDs.

They said the man withdrew money from their branch yesterday.

A hot pursuit chase is now ongoing. -- Report from Dennis Datu, dzMM