HPG 7 looking into Yu-Entote connection-A A +A
Saturday, October 27, 2012
RYAN YU, the alleged leader of a car theft syndicate operating in Luzon, is a cousin of Mary Ann Entote, who was arrested in Cebu together with her husband Jovel last August for allegedly selling stolen vehicles.
Edwin Angay, chief of the PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 legal service, said his agency is trying to determine if the couple conspired with Yu to sell stolen vehicles in the Visayas and Mindanao.
The police are looking for Yu, whose group is suspected of being behind several carnapping cases in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.
Angay said the HPG 7 joined the hunt for Yu but he refused to give details.
Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte put up a bounty for Yu—P2 million for those who will present Yu alive, P4 million for the person who kills him and P5 million to those who will bring him Yu’s head—following allegations his son bought a stolen luxury vehicle from the suspect.
Yu eluded arrest when law enforcers raided his warehouse in Agdao District in Davao City last Monday. Fourteen luxury cars were seized by authorities during the operation.
The PNP reported in its website that there were 547 carnapping cases from January to June 2012. This was 25 percent lower than the figure reported in the same period in 2011.
Authorities seized several luxury vehicles from the Entote couple.
Jovel was arrested on Aug. 7 inside the parking lot of a club in Barangay Cogon-Ramos, Cebu City.
Two days later, his wife Mary Ann fell into the hands of the police inside their residence in St. Michael's Village, Barangay Banilad.
Their arrests were made on the strength of warrants issued by the court.
Their lawyer, Noel D. Archival, said earlier that his clients can prove ownership of the seized luxury vehicles.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 27, 2012.