Cops exhume 11 Toyota duplicate keys

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY – The series of anti-carnapping operations since last week here and in Tandag, Surigao del Sur has proved more discoveries.

This came after operatives of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 11 and Davao City Police Office exhumed Tuesday night 11 pieces of duplicate keys for Toyota vehicles from the raided shop owned by big-time carnap ring leader Ryan “Baktin” Yu in Sarphil, Barangay Wilfredo Aquino, Agdao district here.

“With this discovery, we immediately send this morning formal letter addressed to Toyota Davao and Toyota Philippines to explain and give their side on the discovery of duplicate keys,” HPG regional director Sr. Supt. Gregorio Pimentel said in an interview.

Pimentel said aside from the recovered keys, there might still be some of them which were already used in the group’s illegal activities.

“We expect that they will cooperate with us if they are not hiding something so that we can unmask this illegal acts,” he said.

Pimentel said aside from keys, they also exhumed more 10 sets of plate numbers, which were believed to be replaced by those registered by Yu at the Land Transportation Office.

He said right now he is now coordinating closely with other law enforcement agencies since they are not done yet.

“More operations are still to come. We expect more carnapped vehicles to be recovered,” he said, adding those individuals who might have bought carnapped vehicles should voluntarily surrender the cars before authorities can catch up on them.

Pimentel also welcomed the statement of Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte accusing the some HPG personnel to have connived with Yu in his illegal transactions.

“That is highly interesting. Dapat na tanggalin natin ang mga bulok sa opisina natin. Panahon na para magka-alaman tayo,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said that anytime soon Yu will be arrested as they are now already closely coordinating the Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Customs, Philippine Coastguard, Philippine Navy and even the Philippine Army so that all exit points will be checked and monitored.

Yu has a standing arrest warrant for carnapping, anti-fencing and other violations. (ASA)



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