More raps eyed vs carnap suspects

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Saturday, March 15, 2014


MORE charges will be filed against the two carnapping suspects arrested by operatives of Police Station 4 in Bacolod City earlier this week.

Superintendent Jefferson Descallar, deputy for operation of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), on Friday said some complainants have already identified their units among those recovered by operatives of Police Station 4.

He said they are waiting for the affidavits of the complainants for the filing of additional complaints against the suspects.

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Two counts of carnapping were filed Thursday afternoon before the City Prosecutor’s Office against Jose Angelo Soriano, 24, of Eroreco Subdivision, Barangay Mandalagan, and Great Austria, 29, of Purok Malapitan, Barangay Alijis, all in Bacolod City.

The two suspects were arrested in separate operations conducted by Police Station 4 in La Salle Avenue, Barangay Villamonte and Purok Malapitan, Barangay Alijis Wednesday afternoon.

Descallar said they are still waiting for more complainants to appear before Police Station 4 to identify their stolen motorcycles, and then they could file separate carnapping charges.

As of Friday, about 20 units of motorcycles remain unclaimed.

Chief Inspector Adonis Rosales, chief of Police Station 4, said Soriano steals the motorcycles upon instructions from Austria, who is believed to be the financier. The refurbished stolen motorcycles are delivered to clients who placed their orders with Austria.

Soriano was arrested first after he was caught red-handed stealing a motorcycle parked on La Salle Avenue during follow-up operation conducted by the police, following a complaint from another victim.

Meanwhile, Descallar said they are still validating the information that two policemen are allegedly involved in carnapping operations in the city.

One of the suspects told the police that two policemen ordered a carnapped motorcycle from him.

However, Descallar said they don’t have concrete evidence against these policemen.

“It’s only an allegation of the suspects and for now, we cannot use it as evidence against the policemen,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 15, 2014.

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