Probe bureau recovers another stolen vehicle

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

ANOTHER alleged stolen vehicle was turned over on Wednesday, raising to 25 the total number of hot cars seized by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

NBI-Northern Mindanao Director Jose Justo Yap said the sports utility vehicle (SUV) was turned over reportedly through the effort of Lynard Allan Bigcas, who still remains at large.

Yap said they somehow felt relieved that at least, Bigcas is now cooperating with authorities by turning over another stolen car.


“So, nagparamdam na siya and it is a good sign kasi nag-cooperate siya,” Yap told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

The NBI is yet to give the total amount of the stolen cars considering that the items are imported.

Yap said they are now preparing to file a case of illegal possession of firearms against Bigcas after the raiding team found a shotgun and various assorted ammunition in his house in Talakag, Bukidnon.

He said the filing of charges against Bigcas in connection with the stolen cars may be delayed because the process still has to be documented.

Around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, a joint team of the FBI, NBI and the Misamis Oriental Provincial Police Office confiscated at least 18 big bikes and seven imported cars in a separate raid conducted in Barangay Santiago in Talakag Bukidnon and Pasil, Barangay Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City.

CAGAYAN DE ORO. An NBI agent tries on one of the big bikes that were seized during a raid in separate areas in Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon on Tuesday. (Joey P. Nacalaban)

Three of the 25 confiscated vehicles were identified by FBI as stolen in Houston, Texas.

The raiding team has confiscated four dirt bikes, one big bike, three ATV rangers and three SUV cars in a warehouse in Talakag that were registered under the name of Gilbert Omolon, reportedly identified as Bigcas’ half brother.

Also seized in the area was a shotgun and various assorted ammunition.

In Barangay Kauswagan, the raiding team also confiscated 13 big bikes and a Toyota SUV.

The raiding team was armed with a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 11 Presiding Judge Jose U. Yamot Sr. supposedly for violation of Republic Act 8294 or illegal possession of firearms.

But the raiding team instead found these hot vehicles.

Bigcas was not around during the raid.

Yap said investigation is still ongoing and they are hoping that Bigcas would fully cooperate.

Meanwhile, Police Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares, chief of PPO, said only 22 confiscated cars are in their custody.

These include 13 big bikes, two ATV rangers, one corvette sports car, one Nissan car and a Toyota Sequoia SUV and four dirt bikes.

Some of the hot cars are now in the NBI custody.

Mijares said except from the three vehicles that were already identified as stolen cars, all confiscated vehicles are still subject for verification.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 06, 2011.

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