..CEBU CITY – Police are looking for a maid who allegedly ran off with P2 million worth of jewelry and other valuables from her employer in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City.
Maria Elena Madaje, 27, had been employed for three months in the household of Concepcion Quimbo Tecson.
Investigators from the Theft and Robbery Section (TRS) of the Cebu City Police Office said Madaje left the house of the Tecsons last June 29, Friday, after seeking permission to go out that day.
She brought along her laptop. Since that day, Madaje did not come back.
The next day, Tecson and her family members discovered that some of their personal items and jewelry were missing.
Assorted pieces of jewelry amounting to P1,847,000 and personal items worth P43,000 were said to have been stolen by Madaje.
Police Officer 3 Jovito Labra of the TRS said Madaje could be a professional robber, since she owns a laptop and a high-end cellular phone, items that a househelp would not normally buy.
He said that two days ago, a bank in Iligan City called Tecson when Madaje tried to withdraw P1.5 million from her bank account.
“It’s possible that the suspect is no longer in Cebu,” said Labra.
Vicente Fernandez II, Tecson’s lawyer, said they have coordinated with the Iligan police.
He said Madaje started working as a maid for the Tecsons three months ago on referral by Tecson’s driver-mechanic. She hails from Zamboanga City.
“The maid attempted to withdraw in a bank in Iligan bearing another name. Since it was a huge amount, the bank called the account holder to confirm the transaction,” said Fernandez.
He said Madaje could be involved in a syndicate.
Meanwhile, a lotto outlet on Climaco St. in Barangay Pahina Central, Cebu City was robbed by two unidentified men Wednesday night.
The robbers ran away with some P12,000 cash.
Police Officer 2 Ariel Nator of the Carbon Police Station said that two men boarding a motorcycle went to the lotto outlet and declared a robbery.
Arjen Sanchez, 18, and Renelyn Alfanta, 32, said one of the suspects got off the motorcycle and took their lotto sales and some of their personal belongings.
They took P3,500 from Sanchez and P7,000 cash, a necklace worth P2,000 and a cellular phone from Alfanta.
The suspects fled after the robbery. (JBT of Sun.Star Cebu)