The following news story brings to light the possibility of coming in contact with criminals masquerading as police officers in order to gain entry to your property. Most civilians would be more cordial towards persons in uniform and will even let their guard down when confronted by the badge. So, how do we deal with these kinds of situations? How can we tell if a person in uniform is indeed the real deal or just a poser? ********* http://newsinfo.inq7.net/inquirerheadlines/metro/view_article.php?article_id=35545 Robbers in cops’ gear strike in Parañaque By Jocelyn Uy Inquirer Last updated 03:30am (Mla time) 11/30/2006 Published on Page A22 of the November 30, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer A HEIST pulled off at a trucking firm in Parañaque City before dawn yesterday had an oddly familiar tack: Armed men clad in police uniforms disarming and tying up security guards before fleeing with the company’s money. The four security guards of Aspac International Inc. on Kaingin Road, Multinational Avenue in Barangay Sto. Niño told the police yesterday that around 2 p.m. the seven suspects introduced themselves as policemen serving a warrant of arrest. The suspects allegedly requested that they be accompanied to the office and provided with the list of the security guards hired by the company so they could verify the subject of the arrest warrant, said city police chief Supt. Ronald Estilles. A few minutes later, the security guards were disarmed and hogtied with packaging tape. The robbers then proceeded to the cashier booth, forcibly took the safety vault that contained a still undetermined amount of money and hauled it into their vehicle. The suspects boarded an Isuzu Highlander with plate number WRJ-519 and another car with plate number WDK-641. The vehicles were registered to a certain Luisito Venturina of Batangas and Rostico Marquez of Tondo, Manila, respectively, the police later learned. “We are still trying to find out if the two have something to do with the robbery,” Estilles told the Inquirer. Yesterday’s incident was the second to happen in the city this month involving armed men disguised as police officers. Estilles said they were already on the lookout for the “Golangco Group” that could be responsible for the robberies. “The security guards said they could identify the suspects because they did not wear bonnets that also hid their faces. We will show them the file of this particular group for confirmation,” the police chief said. He added that the group that carried out the robbery yesterday could be the same gang that ransacked the Duty Free Philippines shop on Ninoy Aquino Avenue in the same barangay two weeks ago. Empty-handed The robbers, however, left empty-handed because they were not able to open the DFP shop’s vault. The police also linked the group to the robbery incident at the Casa Armas Gunshop at the FRC Mall in Cavite province early this month, and another one involving the warehouse of the National Food Authority in Taguig City which happened late September. Copyright 2006 Inquirer.