(Metro News) NCRPO scores big vs. car thieves in Metro Manila

November 17, 2009 3:27 pm 

MANILA, November 17 –- The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Monday announced big score against carnappers in Metro Manila following a string of successful operations that resulted in the arrest of six suspected members of carnapping syndicate and recovery of eight stolen vehicles.

NCRPO chief Director Roberto Rosales led the presentation of the recovered vehicles at the NCRPO headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City.

Reports showed that the series of NCRPO operations started last October 18 when NCRPO operatives while conducting anti-carnapping operations at the Villamor Airbase flagged down the vehicle of Clint Harry Cuevas, 23, married and a resident of 442 Sta. Arcadia St., Cabanatuan City for his unregistered vehicle.

During verification, Cuevas yielded a cal. 45 Armscor pistol with Serial No. 1137733 with one magazine and loaded with five ammunitions. He was placed under arrest for illegal possession of firearm and ammunitions. The case was filed on October 19 before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office which was docketed under I.S. No. XV-13-INQ-09-J-01227.

In a subsequent operation, two suspects fell during an entrapment conducted by NCRPO operatives inside Villamor Airbase in Pasay City. Ferdinand Olaez, 40, married and a resident of 1543-B Maceda St., Sampaloc, Manila, and Jessie Garcia, 33, married, and a resident of Barangay Poblacion Uno, Pulilan, Bulacan, were arrested for selling stolen vehicles.

Rosales said the duo were caught selling a gold Toyota Avanza, with Plate No. ZSZ-857 and a white Mitsubishi L-300, with Plate No. WMB-145. The suspects were brought for inquest before the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office for violation of two counts of the Anti-Carnapping Law and Anti-Fencing Law, attempted estafa and falsification of public documents.

On October 21, a certain Rasdy Abdullah, 38, married, and a resident of Medicion I-C, Ordonez St., Magdalena Apartment 6, Imus, Cavite, voluntarily surrendered to NCRPO a gray Nissan Sentra, which is believed to be a stolen vehicle.

Five days later, NCRPO elements responded to a report and recovered a black Nissan X-Trail, with Plate No. ZER-618 with an attached commemorative plate-QCPD@69 inside the BCDA Compound in Taguig City.

On November 4, upon the complaint of a certain Eugene Co, a businessman and a resident of Quezon City, NCRPO operatives filed a complaint for Violation of PD No. 1612 (Anti-Fencing Law) and Article 308 of the Revised Penal Code (Theft) against Mandy Cuevas, Ricky Co and a certain Francis. The suspects failed to return the vehicle of Eugene Co, a silver Nissan X-Trail, with Plate No. ZKA-890. The vehicle was later recovered from Mandy Cuevas at Harwell Trading located at Maharlika Highway, Sumacab Este, Cabanatuan City.

The following day, another stolen vehicle, a black Chevrolet Optra with plate no. ZDW-775, was again recovered at Congressional Avenue, Quezon City which was reported to had been abandoned by unidentified male individuals.

On November 6, NCRPO anti-carnapping elements arrested Rominick Castro, 21, single and a resident of 61 N.P. Cruz St., Ususan, Taguig City, and Wilfred Cuenca, 23, single and a resident of Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, for possessing motorcycles with spurious documents and for illegal transfer of plate number.

Recovered from the suspects were two motorcycles – a blue Yamaha with Plate No. ID5453 and Suzuki Raider with Plate No. 1974AL.

The NCRPO has also uncovered a modus operandi involving taxi units that have spurious registration and franchise documents. The plate numbers of the taxi units are included in the list of plate numbers recovered by NCRPO during its raid last July 7, 2009 of premises that are being used by individuals to produce fake Land Transportation Office documents. The operators and owners of the purported Taxi units acquired spurious documents such as, LTO Plate Numbers, Certificates of Registration, Official Receipts, and Land Transportation and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) franchise.

Two of the impounded taxi units even have the same Plate Number (TXU-437), markings, franchise and other documents. This modus is commonly known as “Kambal”.

Rosales vowed there would be no let up in NCRPO’s anti-carnapping operations and the public can expect more arrests and recovery of vehicles in the coming days. (PNA) V3/MM

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