Manila, Philippines – Seven suspected motorcycle thieves were arrested while two stolen motorcycles were seized from them during a series of operations conducted by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD).
Superintendent Ferdinand Villanueva, chief of the QCPD’s District Anti-Carnapping Unit (DACU), identiﬁed the arrested suspects as Orlando Ortaliza, 35; Rommel Hisula, 25; Je-Ar Satam, 23; Glenn Soria, 26; Ar-Jay Arabis, 21; Marlon Trangia, 36; and John Bryan Galang, 26.
Villanueva said that his unit also seized from the suspects two stolen Yamaha Mio motorcycles owned by Emiliano Baclig and Gerald Ryan Falcis.
The police ofﬁcial said that the arrest of the suspects and recovery of the stolen motorcycles was a result of a series of operations conducted by the DACU in Quezon City and Marikina City last June 12.
He cited that Ortaliza, Hisula and Satam were the ﬁrst persons to be arrested at past 2 p.m. on June 12 when the three met up in front of the Generica Drug Store at the corner of EDSA and Roosevelt Avenue in Project 7, Quezon City.
The DACU chief said that his ofﬁce received a tip from an informant that a transaction was going to take place in front of the drug store where Baclig’s motorcycle with plate number 6520-TD was going to be sold. Baclig’s motorcycle was stolen last May 25 while it was parked in Barangay Bagong Nayon, Antipolo City.
That afternoon, DACU operatives saw the suspects meet up in front of the drug store with Satam driving while Ortaliza and Hisula were together aboard another motorcycle.
During interrogation, police learned that Baclig’s motorcycle was brought and sold by Soria and Arabis for P10,000.
Soria and Arabis were arrested by DACU operatives at around 4:30 p.m. the same day since they were scheduled to drop by at the house of Hisula at No. 25 Danupra St., Project 7, Quezon City.
Further interrogation revealed that Baclig’s motorcycle was stolen by Trangia and Galang, both residents of Teresita Village, Malanday, Marikina City.
Trangia was arrested at past 6 p.m. that same day in front of his home at No. 3 Cecilia St. in Teresita Village after police found the stolen motorcycle of Falcis.
When he saw some people checking the motorcycle, Trangia introduced himself as the owner of the stolen motorcycle.
However, Villanueva said that the stolen motorcycle had the plate number of 7147-PD that is registered to another Yamaha Mio belonging to Winsor Poquiz.
But a check of the chasis and engine numbers showed that the motorcycle has a registered plate number 7307-TD belonging to Falcis.
The motorcycle of Falcis has been in the Highway Patrol Group’s (HPG) nationwide alarm of stolen vehicles. (Jeffrey G. Damicog)
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