RECOVERED. Lt. Col. Voltaire Rivera, chief of police of San Miguel, Bulacan, points at the gray metallic Toyota Fortuner with license plate No. NEF 3920, which was stolen on Tuesday afternoon in Muntinlupa City. The vehicle was recovered in a pursuit operation in Barangay Salacot, San Miguel, Bulacan on Wednesday (Oct. 7, 2020) (Photo courtesy of San Miguel PNP)
CAMP GEN. ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan – Seven car thieves were arrested by the police on Wednesday in a pursuit operation in Barangay Salacot, San Miguel, this province with the help of the global positioning system (GPS) device installed on the stolen sport utility vehicle (SUV).
Col. Lawrence Cajipe, Bulacan Provincial Police director, identified the arrested suspects as Christian Golez, 26, the driver of the vehicle’s owner, and his cohorts Kevin Sabido, 26; Marlon Reyes, 31; Jephreil Pulpulaan, 23; Jayson Tiangco, 36; Christopher Sarmiento, 44; and Chairmaine Bilagat, 26.
Cajipe said based on the report of Lt. Col. Voltaire Rivera, San Miguel chief of police, the gray metallic Toyota Fortuner with license plate No. NEF 3920 was stolen while parked unattended on the driveway of the vehicle’s owner identified as Jiade Wang in Muntinlupa City on Tuesday afternoon.
The incident was reported to the city’s police station.
Through the GPS tracking device in the stolen vehicle, operatives of the Muntinlupa Police Anti-Carnapping Unit conducted a pursuit operation at about 5 a.m. on Wednesday.
Upon reaching San Miguel town, the Muntinlupa Police Anti-Carnapping Unit requested for police backup from the Bulacan 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC) and San Miguel police.
Cajipe said three of the suspects on board a red Mitsubishi Mirage with plate no. NDP 4049, that was tailing the stolen SUV, stopped upon noticing that they were being followed by the authorities in Barangay Salacot, San Miguel, and surrendered peacefully.
He said that police operatives continued to pursue the stolen vehicle which stopped at a gasoline station in Barangay Salacot where the other suspects were left with no choice but to also surrender to the operatives, Cajipe added.
The owner of the SUV, together with personnel from the Muntinlupa Police Anti-Carnapping Unit, appeared at the San Miguel Police Station and confirmed that the recovered vehicle was his.
The arrested suspects were brought to the San Miguel Police Station for background investigation prior to turnover to the Muntinlupa City Police Station. (PNA)