By Vanne Elaine P. Terrazola
Police have arrested three suspects in a P21.8-million robbery at the house of actor Robin Padilla’s aunt in Quezon City, which has turned out to be an elaborate “inside job.”
Operatives of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) collared Jenifer Palomo, the trusted housemaid of Pillar Padilla-Brooks, 90, whose house was initially reported to be ransacked last Tuesday.
Palomo, 33, was identified by investigators as the alleged mastermind in the multi-million theft case that was made to look like a robbery at Brook’s residence on June Street, Barangay Bahay Toro, Q.C.
She was arrested along with her live-in partner, Judy Sedrome, 34; and Noel Avila, 36.
Together they stole P20 million cash from Brook; pawned more than P1.8 million of her jewelry; and attempted to transfer the old lady’s properties to their names.
Palomo was said to have orchestrated the entire scheme with Sedrome, who also worked as Brook’s driver, investigators said.
The QCPD said that last Tuesday, the suspects reported a robbery supposedly occurring at Brook’s residence around 6:30 p.m., telling the tale that two armed men reportedly barged into the house, poked guns at the household, and looted the safety vault of cash and jewelry.
But a closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage from the neighbor’s house showed otherwise, said Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar, QCPD director.
A the press briefing Friday afternoon, Eleazar said a CCTV footage they obtained the same day showed there was no forced entry and that the two housemaids, named Lony Espinella and Julie Ann Acienda, let the supposed robbers inside the house.
Eleazar said that during the probe, Palomo confessed that it was indeed an organized theft.
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