3 carnappers arrested

CAMP OLIVAS -- Three suspected carnappers were arrested after a stolen vehicle was recovered at the compound of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in Barangay San Jose Matulid, Mexico, Pampanga on December 6.

Colonel Jean Fajardo, Pampanga police provincial director, identified the arrested suspects as Argel Garces, 35, an associate engineer of NGCP, Aaron Espiritu of Xevera, Bacolor, Pampanga and Ryanelle Reyes, a resident of Villa Teresa, Angeles City.

Fajardo said the Provincial Intelligence Branch together with Pasay City police conducted a follow-up operation and proceeded to the compound of NGCP at the said barangay.

She said the composite police team found out that the carnapped Toyota Fortuner with conduction sticker P31825 was inside the compound of NGCP.

According to the duty security officer, Garces allegedly brought the carnapped vehicle inside the compound secretly, Fajardo said.

Garces was arrested and told police that he was the one who drove the car inside the compound; however, Garces confessed that Espiritu and a certain Carlo Magno handed over to him the said stolen vehicle to look for a buyer.

The composite team conducted a follow-up operation against Espiritu in his given address which led to the arrest of the latter.

During the investigation, Espiritu pointed to Reyes, who is residing at No. 4-9 Flora Avenue, Villa Teresa, Angeles City, as their cohort.

According to Garces, it was Reyes who gave Espiritu and Carlo Magno the key of the carnapped Toyota Fortuner while they were in Pasay City.

Fajardo said based from the foregoing, it was established that the three arrested suspects and one person who still remained at large (Carlo Magno) acted in conspiracy in committing the crime of carnapping. (Ric Sapnu)


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