Cops eye 'Kuratong Baleleng' in BPI heist

Posted at 07/16/11 7:02 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Footage captured by closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras has led the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) to suspect that the Ozamis Group, formerly known as the Kuratong Baleleng Group was behind the robbery of a Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch in Quezon City on Friday.

This group is also behind the robbery on a Banco de Oro branch in Cagayan de Oro in may.

The footage showed the masked suspects as they conducted the hold-up and made their escape with money in tow.

One of the suspects did not wear a mask.

BPI management earlier said in a press statement that no substantial amount was taken.

"Only the cash on the tellers' counters was involved," the bank’s management said.

The Philippine National Police will form Task Group Commonwealth to look into the incident.

The bank was robbed by at least 10 armed men at 4:20 p.m. on Friday.

A gunfight ensued between police and the suspects, which spilled over to the streets. Two buses were hit by stray armalite bullets.
There were no casualties.

Police said the armed men were able to escape using a blue Toyota Revo (XLV-583), a Mitsubishi Adventure, and a red L300 van (USR-735). – With a report from ANC