Police arrest men for stealing firearms

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Friday, May 16, 2014


POLICE on Thursday arrested the two men allegedly responsible for the disappearance of almost 60 pieces of firearms belonging to a private gun dealer kept inside the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) at Camp Crame, an official said Friday.

Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (PNP-CIDG) Director Benjamin Magalong said Harold Sumalde and Raymond Lopez were arrested Thursday evening after Sumalde voluntarily admitted that he and his cohort were responsible for the pilferage of various calibers of firearms owned by JOAVI Philippine Corporation.

The missing firearms were 12 Caracal F, Eight Sphinx 3000 Compact, 16 Kriss Vector SDP, three Arcus 98 DAC and 20 Sphinx Compact SDP with an aggregate value of 11,760,000.00.

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On May 14, representatives of JOAVI Philippine Corporation conducted a random inventory of their stock of firearms in their storage located at PNP-FEO. It was discovered then that 59 firearms were missing.

Later that day, Sumalde, the company's vault keeper reported for work and when confronted about what was discovered, he on his own volition admitted having stolen the missing firearms.

Sumalde tagged Lopez as his accomplice who was in-charge of the selling of the stolen firearms to the interested buyers.

Both suspects on Friday underwent inquest proceedings before the Quezon City Prosecutors' Office for cases of qualified theft while Lopez is facing a separate complaint of illegal possession of firearms before the Caloocan City Prosecutors' Office.

They were brought to the PNP-CIDG detention facility.

Meanwhile, the authorities were conducting follow-up operations for the recovery of the stolen firearms, which were included in the wanted list of the PNP-FEO Firearms Information Management System.

"'Yung mga tao na bumili nung mga baril ay siguradong mahaharap din sa asunto for having brought stolen firearms," Magalong said. (Sunnex)

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