NBI arrests 3 individuals for electric power pilferage preying on Odette typhoon victims

NBI arrests 3 individuals for electric power pilferage preying on Odette typhoon victims

MANILA — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) today (Friday, 28 January 2022) announced the arrest of three (3) individuals by operatives of NBI-Central Visayas Regional Office (NBI-CEVRO) in an entrapment operation in Talisay City, Cebu for electric power pilferage on houses of Odette typhoon victims.

NBI Officer-in-Charge (OIC)-Director Eric B. Distor identified the subjects as MAXIMO BAGUIO MARIOT JR., DOROTEO VALMORIA AUXTERO JR., and BRYAN BURLAOS SACMAR.

According to Director Distor, the operation stemmed from the information given by the president and chief operations officer of the Visayan Electric Company (VECO), which revealed that certain individuals are taking advantage of the recent calamity (Typhoon Odette) to extort money from consumers who were affected by the said typhoon in exchange for priority electricity re-connection and immediate energization.

The NBI-CEVRO immediately conducted a surveillance operation to verify the veracity of the information and was able to confirm that subject Mariot is demanding money from the consumers of VECO in exchange for immediate restoration of electricity.

The operatives were also able to discover that Mariot disregarded safety protocol and would merely connect electricity from any available source.

Thus, on January 25, 2022, NBI-CEVRO proceeded to Talisay City, Cebu for the entrapment operation. Upon handing over to Mariot the entrapment money, the NBI-CEVRO operatives immediately approached the subject and effected his arrest.

During the entrapment operation, the operatives were also able to arrest his cohorts identified as Auxtero and Sacmar, who were both VECO accredited linemen.

The operatives were able to recover from the subjects the marked money, VECO ID and assorted IDs of Mariot, cash bills, three smart phones, one (1) VECO jacket, and one (1) bundle of VECO billing statements.

The arrested subjects will be charged for violation of R.A. 7832 (Anti-Electricity and Electric Transmission Lines/ Materials Pilferage Act of 1994).

(Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/ai/mtvn)

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