• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
More than P400,000 worth of batteries for vehicles and lubricants were reported missing, believed to have been stolen from the provincial government motor pool in Bacolod City.
General Services Office head Arnel Argusar reported yesterday that they discovered the theft incident when they conducted an inventory of the warehouse located inside the compound along Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City.
Argusar said that 21 vehicle batteries and lubricants were taken by the suspects.
A hole was discovered at the concrete wall separating the compound from an area of informal settlers at Barangay 6, Bacolod City.
We believe the suspects made the hole to enter the perimeter of the compound, Argusar said, adding that the theft may have been initiated during the long weekend between the last week of October and first week of November.
He added that they are looking into the possibility of an inside job.
He said five batteries have been recovered during a police operation in Barangay Pahanocoy, Bacolod City. However, one of the contacts who facilitated the buying of the stolen batteries died in an accident when his tricycle was hit by a vehicle along the highway of the barangay, Argusar said.
He added that police investigators already have persons of interest.*