Davao carnap victim identifies car

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY – An abviously happy  31-year-old businessman arrived at the office of the Highway Patrol Group 11 along Candelaria Street, Ecoland here to see for himself his carnapped black Toyota Hilux pick-up.

Andy Mark Lucero, of Quirante I, Tagum City, said a friend who was a policeman informed him that his vehicle was already recovered by HPG 11 personnel, prompting him to immediately proceed to Davao City.

Lucero’s vehicle was among the five vehicles which were transported from Tandag City, Surigao del Sur on Tuesday night.

As of Wednesday, 30 carnapped vehicles were already recovered by operatives of the HPG 11 and the Davao City Police Office (DCPO).

Lucero said his car was stolen at around 2 a.m. on September 27, 2012 while being parked in front of their autoparts store at the same time residence in Quirante I, Tagum City.

He said at first his helper asked him if he let his service vehicle borrowed by a friend but he said he did not and upon checking their keys they were intact.

That was the time that they concluded that the vehicle was stolen and so they immediately reported the incident to Tagum City Police Office.

But just minutes before the incident, another carnapping also took place just near Lucero’s place.

According to Joselito Paredes, who also came to HPG 11 office Wednesday morning, his company issued gold-rush Toyota Hilux pick-up was carnapped by unidentified suspects.

Paredes, branch manager of the Christian Investigation and Security Agency based in Tagum City, said he was awakened of the car alarm as the vehicle moved out from their place.

But his vehicle with plate number ZGW-536 were not among the recovered vehicles.

Paredes said he was able to talk with one of the four arrested suspects, who reportedly admitted to him that they were the ones who took his vehicle.

HPG 11 regional director Sr. Supt. Gregorio Pimentel said that they are still conducting more recovery operations but refused to divulge the areas.

Lucero’s plate number which is LGC-174 was already replaced with LFW-618.

As to the turn-over of the recovered vehicles, Pimentel said they have to undergo a process where owners should precent proof of ownership and other supporting documents while they are also encouraged to file a case against the suspects. (ASA)



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