Robbers hit 2 LBC branches in Agusan del Norte almost simultaneously
The branch of LBC Express Inc. on J.C. Aquino Avenue in Butuan City was closed a few hours after the robbery on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by ERWIN M. MASCARIÑAS / Inquirer Mindanao)
BUTUAN CITY – Two branches of LBC Express Inc. – in the town of Nasipit and in this city – were robbed almost simultaneously Saturday afternoon.
According to a spot report provided by Butuan City Police Station 1, at around 1:00 p.m. Saturday, three unidentified armed men riding on a black and white Honda XRM motorcycle robbed the LBC branch at the LML Building on J.C. Aquino Avenue in Barangay Tandang Sora.
An LBC employee, 28-year-old Alvin S. Amba was attending to two clients when two of the robbers armed with unidentified short firearms declared a holdup, while another man stayed outside on the motorcycle. They carted away around P41,000.
According to a witness who requested not to be named, the robbers timed the heist so that the branch had just reopened after a lunch break.
“We did not have a clue it was already happening inside LBC, as the robbers just acted like they where just customers of the branch,” said another witness.
The robbery at the Nasipit branch happened shortly after the first incident.
“We received the call that a robbery was taking place at the LBC Nasipit branch on J.P Rizal Street, Barangay 3 at around 1:57 in the afternoon,” Senior Insp. Calvin N. Placer Jr., chief of the Nasipit Municipal Police Station, said. “But when we reviewed the CCTV footage, the time indicated that it took place at around 1:23 and [the robbers] left at around 1:27 in the afternoon.”
Placer said the job were apparently done by professionals as they appeared to be very calm.
There were three of them, all wearing baseball caps and carrying short firearms. On entering the outlet, they told an employee, 30-year-old Christian Dave L. Tion, and three female customers to stay calm while showing their guns, according to Placer.
“We are still investigating the CCTV footage to give us additional information that can hopefully help us solve this case,” he said.
He added that the suspect knew where exactly to go. They got into the cubicle and opened a drawer there, taking cash amounting P9,145.
The robbers fled on a red and white Honda XRM motorcycle.
“I believe that the robbery in Butuan and in Nasipit were made by two different teams but from the same group,” Placer said. “It would have been impossible for the robbers in Butuan to immediately reach Nasipit to rob another LBC branch.”
Both branches had previously been robbed in 2014. /atm