THREE thieves on Sunday night broke into the house of a 79-year-old woman in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur and killed the victim before stealing some P45,000 worth of cash and jewelry.
The body of Eriberta Zamora was found in her room.
An investigation showed that the suspects struck the victim’s head with a plastic chair and an empty soft drink bottle killing her on the spot.
The crime took place at the house of the Zamoras in Quezon St., Bgy. Madasigon in Molave municipality at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The victim’s housemaid, Maymarie Guinsayao, 19, a resident of Bgy. Sigapod in Midsalip town, said that she was roused from sleep by somebody knocking at the house’s main door.
The teenager said that when she opened the door, the man told her he was a son of Mrs. Zamora. The bonnet-wearing man pointed a gun at her and punched her twice on the stomach, causing her to faint.
Two other suspects entered with the gun-weilding man.
After Guinsayao regained her consciousness, the housemaid said she found her employer bathing in blood.
The suspects ransacked the old woman’s room and destroyed a cabinet, where they stole some P30,000 in cash and an estimated P15,000 worth of assorted jewelry.
Police Regional Office 9 director Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis Licup said that the housemaid was taken to the Molave Municipal Police Station for further investigation.
Members of the Provincial Crime Laboratory rushed to the site to collect evidence, including fingerprints believed to have been left by the suspects.