Those armed forces look pretty scary, to say the least. I don't understand why anyone would plan a robbery on one of the busiest roads on the island, when there is a cruise ship in, and in broad daylight.
Is there a reason why the men arrested, as shown in the photos, have no shirts on? Is that a police tactic?
Four cruise ships in port, but timed to hit when passengers were boarding. When you have a successful plan, it sure worked the first time. This one was even more strategically planned and executed with precision. As before and according to plan, those in charge escape with the loot and let the expendable actors be arrested in diversion. That saves the promised $50,000 pesos per person cut of the deal.
An inside job? I don't think so. They had a proven track record, they did all the research last time. Having two men disarm the on duty guard and then using two taxis to block Megar in both directions were a nice touch to aid their get away. The loot was probably on the boat like last time before they managed to return to the apartments, scene of arrests. I wonder if police were tipped like last time by those in charge. Everyone arrested talked the last time, told all they knew, but none knew any info on the intellectual author. I hope the criminal element read the news more or did a google search of their target, if so they should have known there would be nothing in it for them. If they had half a brain, they would have demanded money in advance. Cheap, expendable labour, but left holding an empty bag.
Some shirtless might have been a quick means of insuring no weapons hidden and police like identifying photos of tattoos.
I hope the employees are doing OK, this is quite a traumatic experience and couldn't have been easier on them being a second time.