Book on anti-bank, pawnshop robbery launched

SAN FERNANDO CITY – The Regional Anti-Bank Robbery Special Operations Task Force and the Regional Intelligence Division in Camp Florendo launched  during the celebration of Crime Prevention Week a handbook on anti-bank and pawnshop robbery.

The 21-page handbook consists  tips on countering the modus operandi of various syndicates involved in bank and pawnshop robberies such as the notorious Acetylene Gang.

 Police Senior Superintendent  Noli Taliño, the book’s editor-in chief, said they came out with the handbook after a careful study on the past activities of the Acetylene Gang and after evaluating the police’s counter measures.

 He said the handbook will serve as guide for the local police, owners and managers of banks and pawnshops and other similar establishments as well as the local government units and the community in combating robberies.

 “For the past five years, robbery have been prevalent in Ilocos victimizing mostly banks and their clients, pawnshops, convenient stores and other similar establishments that resulted to financial losses,” Taliño said.

 He said that most of the robbery incidents was perpetrated by the Acetylene Gang which had gained notoriety not only in Ilocos but in the entire country.

 “They have been very successful in most of their operations. Their activities is a hindrance to the attainment of a sustainable peace and development throughout the country,” he added.#