METROBANK’S OUTSTANDING COPS: Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes, present Resolution 827, commending the awardees of the Metrobank Foundation’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS) of 2014. The awardees are Police Senior Superintendent Cedrick Gayona Train, Police Senior Superintendent Rodelio Balza Jocson, Police Chief Inspector Byron Filog Allatog, Police Chief Inspector Reynald Estrada Ariño, Police Officer 3 Michael Dalisay Pontoy, Senior Police Officer 1 Reynaldo Granada Solante, Police Officer 2 Arshear Usman Ismael, Police Officer 3 Alexander Baradillo Fazon, Jr., Senior Police Officer 1 Rey Hinautan Sarcon and Police Officer 3 Comet Dimla Dumangeng. The resolution was sponsored by Sen. Poe. (MNS photo)

METROBANK’S OUTSTANDING COPS: Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, Sen. Grace Poe, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes, present Resolution 827, commending the awardees of the Metrobank Foundation’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS) of 2014. The awardees are Police Senior Superintendent Cedrick Gayona Train, Police Senior Superintendent Rodelio Balza Jocson, Police Chief Inspector Byron Filog Allatog, Police Chief Inspector Reynald Estrada Ariño, Police Officer 3 Michael Dalisay Pontoy, Senior Police Officer 1 Reynaldo Granada Solante, Police Officer 2 Arshear Usman Ismael, Police Officer 3 Alexander Baradillo Fazon, Jr., Senior Police Officer 1 Rey Hinautan Sarcon and Police Officer 3 Comet Dimla Dumangeng. The resolution was sponsored by Sen. Poe. (MNS photo)

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine thieves have been using low-tech sticky tree sap to rob high-tech cash dispenser machines in banks, police said Tuesday.

Jackfruit sap is daubed on a metal bar that thieves insert into the card slot of automated teller machines, said a suburban Manila police spokesman Inspector Edwin Malabanan.

Whenever a person tried to withdraw cash, the bills would stick onto the bar inside the machine, which thieves would retrieve once the disappointed customer had left.

“The sap is really sticky. It was really clever of them to think of it,” Malabanan told AFP.

Customers of several banks complaining of losses prompted the police to look into the matter and one of two thieves was arrested last week thanks to closed circuit TV footage of a bank ATM, he said.

Police do not know how many other thieves have used this method, he added.

Malabanan said police charged the suspect under a law punishing tampering of electronic devices for theft, but it was thrown out since he had used a non-electronic tool.

The suspect will now be charged with simple theft which carries a lesser penalty of up to six years in prison instead of up to 20 years in jail under the electronic devices law.