2 carnap group members fall

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Thursday, March 13, 2014


TWO suspected carnap group members were arrested in separate operations conducted by operatives of Police Station 4 (PS4) in Bacolod City on Wednesday afternoon.

Police identified the first suspect as Jose Angelo Soriano alias “Jag,” 24, resident of Eroreco Subdivision, Barangay Mandalagan. Soriano is believed to be the financier of the carnapping operation.

The other suspect was identified as Great Austria, alias “Lab-Lab,” a 29-year-old mechanic who resides in Purok Malapitan, Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City.

Chief Inspector Adonis Rosales, commander of PS4, said Soriano served as the “striker” of Austria or the one who steals the motorcycles, and also the one who delivers the refurbished stolen motorcycles to customers who placed an order with Austria.

The two suspects are now detained at the PS4.

The arrests were made after PS4 received a complaint from Kirk Andrew Huerva, 20, of Bago City around 8:50 a.m. when his 150 Raider motorcycle parked along Burgos Street was missing.

Rosales said they conducted a follow-up operation, and at 1:50 p.m., Soriano was caught in the act of stealing the XR-200 motorcycle of Jeff Paolo Basillas parked on La Salle Avenue.

Police recovered from Soriano’s possession the stolen motorcycle and several mechanical tools.

During the interrogation, Soriano said he stole the motorcycle of Huerva.

He also said that he has a financier named alias “Lab-Lab.”

Soriano said the clients contacted Austria to place an order for a certain type of motorcycle, and Austria would then order Soriano to carnap the said unit.

Soriano would then deliver the carnapped motorcycle to Austria in exchange for P10,000.

Soriano added that Austria was well equipped in dismantling carnapped motorcycles so that the owner could no longer identify their missing motorcycle.

Austria also told police that there were two policemen, who have surnamed “Morales,” from Binalbagan town, who ordered a carnapped motorcycle from him.

Rosales said one of the policemen was assigned at Binalbagan Police Station, while the other one at Bacolod City Police Office.

He said they will conduct further investigation against the two policemen, who allegedly made transactions with Austria.

Rosales encouraged victims of motorcycle carnapping to visit PS4 to identify their units from among those recovered.

“This is their business and they have been operating for a long time already. They were involved in several carnapping incidents in different areas of Bacolod,” Rosales said.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 13, 2014.

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