'Ben Panday' members in jail during SM heist: police

Posted at 01/30/2013 6:03 PM | Updated as of 01/30/2013 6:22 PM

MANILA – Two suspects in the daring robbery at a jewelry shop inside SM Megamall on Saturday were allegedly in jail during the heist, an official of the Eastern Police District (EPD) said.

According to the EPD, the leader of the group, Ben Panday, and Basir Basilon are inmates at the Manila City Jail and could not have been anywhere near the SM Megamall during the robbery.

However, a witness to the robbery positively identified Panday and Basilon as two of the suspects.

Police admitted that the two have a striking resemblance to the individuals captured by CCTV cameras during the heist.

They are now investigating if the suspects were able to bolt the jail over the weekend. -- Report from Dennis Datu, dzMM