AFP headquarters falls prey to burglars

Posted at 06/18/12 7:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Burglars have broken into homes and offices at the Armed Forces of the Philippines' (AFP) headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo 15 times since January, military officials said Monday.

The incidents include the theft of a car belonging to an officer Saturday.

"We have recorded 15 theft cases since January. Targeted are quarters of military officers and enlisted personnel. Among the items usually taken are laptops, cameras, desktops (computers) and watches," said AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos.

He said the incidents are not yet alarming.

He added that they have strengthened security at the military camp.

The latest incident involve 3 unidentified men breaking into the quarters of Col. Nelson Chedrome of the AFP Dental Service last Saturday.

The thieves stole Chedrome's Mazda 323 car and 2 cellphones.

The victim's daughter and a househelp were inside the house but were not harmed.

Burgos said they are investigating of the theft is an "inside job."

"That is among those being looked into. If not a resident, he may be familiar inside the camp."

A military official said thieves also target purebred dogs and expensive bicycles.

The thieves could also be residents of the camp, the source said.