By Freddie Velez
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga — Six suspected carnappers operating in Bulacan were arrested by police one after the other in the towns of Marilao and Bocaue last Tuesday, days after they allegedly stole a motorcycle in Bulakan town.
Superintendent Grace Naparato, Bulakan chief of police, identified the suspects as John Henry Tandoc Gonzales, Angelo Lazaga Clemento, and Eduard Sarada Borbe, all of Barangay Abangan, Marilao; Paul Gilbert Supremo Malaguenio, of Bocaue; Joshua Bernalez Ilang-Ilang, of Barangay Lolomboy, Bocaue; and Jerome Ramos Cobrana, of Barangay Igolot, Bocaue.
Initial investigation showed that the suspects were allegedly selling parts of a motorcycle they had stolen through the Internet when one of their victims, Ricardo Palumbarit, Jr., chanced upon what he believed was his stolen motorcycle fairing (the shell placed over the motorcycle frame) online.
After closing the deal to buy the motorcycle fairing, Palumbarit agreed to meet one of the suspects, Gonzales, in front of the Toyota Motors in Barangay Abangan, Marilao. But prior to the meet-up, the victim already sought the help of the local police.
When Gonzales appeared to deliver the motorcycle fairing, Palumbarit identified the item as the one stolen from him, prompting police to make the arrest.
Naparato said it was then that Gonzales allegedly pointed to the whereabouts of his cohorts leading to the arrest of the five other suspects in Marilao and Bocaue.
Charges for Violation of RA 10883 (New Anti- Carnapping Act) were already filed against the arrested suspects before the Office of Prosecutor Alexander G Martin docketed under NPS No. III-04-INQ-18I-02598.
Chief Supt. Amador V. Corpus, Central Luzon police regional director, lauded the operation and enjoined other victims of crimes to be prompt in reporting illegal activities to police for swift action.