Carnapping charges and falsification of public documents were readied against three suspects, who were arrested Friday during an entrapment operation, that resulted in the recovery of six vehicles.
Highway Patrol Group team leader, Senior Insp. Robelito Mariano, identified the suspects as Raquel Etcubin of Lahug in Cebu, Jesus delos Reyes, and Aniceas Silorio, a kagawad of San Roque in San Jose, Negros Oriental.
The subject of the entrapment in the parking lot at Robinsons Mall in Dumaguete was a white Ford Ranger stolen in Capiz, and reportedly driven by Silorio with delos Reyes and Etcubin on board. It was supposed to be delivered to a prospective buyer for P400,000. Unknown to the suspects, however, they were transacting with a poseur buyer.
On the same night, the joint team from the regional intelligence unit of PRO-7, the Mandaue City Police Station, the Dumaguete city police, Amlan police station and the HPG was able to recover six other vehicles from individuals who bought them from the suspects at very low prices.
These included a Hyundai EON and two KIA Piccanto vehicles, all sold in Amlan, one Spin Chevrolet recovered from San Jose, and two Mitsubishis, one of which was forcibly taken in Antipolo, Rizal, from the registered owner, Fatimah Macabantug in 2016. The unit was sold to a foreigner in Dumaguete for only P500,000.
Mariano said the suspects belong to the Michael Cordero carnapping group operating in the whole of Visayas and Mindanao. It is able to transport the vehicles from one province to another, using fake documents being produced in Iligan City, although discrepancies can be found after thorough examination.
He said the suspects themselves admitted during tactical interrogation that the documents are falsified.
All the seven vehicles will be subjected to macro-itching examination by the PNP crime lab determine if the engines and chassis were not tampered before the complaint is filed before the Prosecutor’s Office.*JG
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