The police are investigating the possibility of some Cebu-based syndicates bringing their modus operandi here in Tagbilaran City.
The suspicion came about after an alleged shoplifting incident alerted the police.
The incident happened in a local market in downtown Tagbilaran.
Reports said unidentified suspected shoplifters, possibly from Cebu.
A can of milk was allegedly shoplifted from a local mart and was left in another location just adjacent.
The security guards of the shopping mall tried to chase a member of the shoplifting group, but managed to escape.
The police were able to recover eight cans of milk, seven bottles of an anti-dandruff shampoo, seven pieces of assorted shirts, an umbrella, a power bank, a cellphone charger and other belongings estimated to be worth P25,000.
Police advised the business establishments to be more alert and heighten their security.