Suspects of Megamall heist caught on CCTV
MANILA, Philippines - At least 2 of the men who heisted a jewelry store at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City were caught by the mall's security cameras, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Sunday, January 27.
The faces of the men were "clearly captured" by the CCTV cameras after the robbery occurred at the upper ground level of Building B of the mall around 8 pm on Saturday.
"CCTV review is ongoing. Two faces were clearly captured," the NDRRMC noted in its latest update on Sunday, January 27.
According to the report, "4 to 5" men -- at least one of them armed with a .45 pistol -- carried out the heist and used pipe wrenches to break the glass casing.
"During the withdrawal, one of the suspects fired two shots in the air, which caused panic among the shoppers," the NDRRMC said.
Suspects belong to 'Martilyo Gang' - police
A day after the incident, the Mandaluyong police said that the notorious "Martilyo Gang" may be behind the heist.
"Our information gathered [shows] that these perpetrators were indeed members of the [gang]," Mandaluyong police officer-in-charge Senior Supt. Florendo Quibuyen told ANC on Sunday.
Quibayen explained that he robbers used the same modus operandi employed by the "Martilyo Gang" in previous robberies.
The mall has given the police a printout of the security footage of the incident, and copies have been distributed to all units of the National Capital Region police force.
Security has been beefed up at the SM Megamall since the incident on Saturday night.