Pawnshop loses cash, jewelries worth P13M to own manager

A pawnshop in southern Philippines lost P13 million worth of cash and jewelries to a thief who turned out to be its own branch manager.

The owner of the business establishment located in Don Rufino Alonzo Avenue, Cotabato City, which was not named pending investigation, has offered a P200,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of the suspect identified as Maria Sally Biadog Garcia, a resident of Parang, Maguindanao Province.

The suspect, who has served as manager for 20 years, did not report for duty after she allegedly pawned the stolen jewelries, golds, diamonds and expensive wrist watches to other branches of the pawnshop, SunStar Super Balita reported.

Garcia has been charged with qualified theft at Branch 13 of the Regional Trial Court 12. Included in the case were the managers, store checkers, and employees of other branches who allegedly received bribe from the suspect so she can pawn the stolen items there.

During an operation, cops recovered 423 jewelries and other items worth P6 million pawned by Garcia in those branches, according to the report.

Members of Garcia's family said the suspect went to Metro Manila for a vacation but can no longer be contacted and is believed to have run away with the money.

A deeper investigation is underway while cops continue to track down the suspect who remains at large.