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Quezon City police are considering the possibility that the daring daylight robbery right inside the Robinson's Galleria on Thursday was an inside job.
"That's one angle we're looking into. We're looking at all possibilities, all leads that might lead to that," City police director Chief Supt. Mario dela Vega said.
Besides looking at possible security lapses, authorities will also seek explanations regarding how robbers were able to enter the mall with their firearms and stage a robbery.
The mall employs three security agencies: 3rd Alert Security Agency for the gates; Genghis Khan Security Agency for the roving guards; and Quiambao Security Agency inside the mall.
"The fact that the suspects were able to enter the mall indicates lapses in security," dela Vega said.
He added that the mall's security manager promised to give authorities results of their own investigation into the matter.
Six suspects, not three
A further investigation revealed that there were actually six suspects and not three as police earlier reported.
After interview with witnesses, dela Vega disclosed that there were three more suspects waiting outside the mall entrance near the Ortigas service road.
"We were able to get a statement from the guards at the Upper Level that there were three men waiting on board a motorcycle near the Ortigas service road," dela Vega said.
Three suspects entered the mall with one of them being the grenade-thrower.
Two motorcycles were utilized by the suspects as their getaway vehicle.
Dela Vega said they are looking at the similarities with another robbery at the Robinson's mall in Dasmarinas, Cavite last October 29, 2011.
In that incident, six robbers also barged into the mall and robbed a money changer shop, killing three people and carting off P5 million.
Dela Vega said they are coordinating with Cavite police on the matter.
Until this time, police have yet to determine how much money was actually taken from the roving teller.