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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesFriday, May 1, 2009
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2 carnapped vehicles


The Highway Patrol Group in Central Visayas and the Negros Oriental police office have recovered two carnapped vehicles in a joint operation launched this week.

Chief Insp. Aldrin Abila, chief of the anti-carnapping section of the HPG-7, said they recovered a maroon Nissan Urvan van on Tuesday and a white Toyota Altis on Wednesday in Dumaguete City in a continuing operation led by HPG-7 regional head Sr. Supt. Antonio Gardiola.

Negros Oriental police director, Sr. Supt. Augusto Marquez Jr., said he had requested the Highway Patrol Group to conduct anti-carnapping operations here as the local police do not have the capability and skills to do it. 

Both vehicles were recovered in the possession of their current users whose names Abila declined to disclose, pending further investigation on the identities of the sellers of the carnapped vehicles.

Abila said that upon investigation, they discovered that the chassis number of the Nissan Urvan was tampered and had a different registration plate attached to it and not its original plate listed as ZBC 885.

The van’s attached plate, ZLT 116, turned out to be part of the 47 missing plates as reported by the Land Transportation Office earlier, Abila said.

Abila added that the HPG has a nationwide database of carnapped vehicles in the country, and that, the agency is capable of determining which ones were stolen.

Meanwhile, at about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, the team flagged down a Toyota Altis after spotting it in Dumaguete with an improvised plate.

Abila said they invited the owner to come with them to the Traffic Management Group office to witness a macro-etching examination conducted by the PNP Crime Laboratory on the car’s chassis and engine numbers.

In the course of the investigation, Abila said they discovered that although the chassis and engine numbers were not tampered, the car’s original plate, ZCY540, was replaced with another plate with number ZCY543.

The Toyota Altis car was also included in the wanted list of carnapped vehicles, Abila added.

Abila said they are withholding the names of the current owners of the said vehicles as they prepare to file charges against them in violation of the anti-fencing law.

However, he said that if the owners will cooperate with authorities in helping pinpoint the sellers of the said vehicles, the charges could be waived for humanitarian reason as the owners are simply victims.

Abila called on the public to act with caution in buying second-hand vehicles as he advised that before making a purchase, the public must coordinate first and verify with the Highway Patrol Group to determine if the vehicle is properly documented.* JFP 




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