AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group on Tuesday captured two more most wanted car theft personalities in the country during an entrapment operation inside the Gateway Mall in Cubao, Quezon City, bringing to nearly 30 the top wanted car thieves they have accounted so far this year, PNP-HPG director, Brig. Gen. Roberto B. Fajardo announced yesterday.
The official identified the suspects as Ryan Ibasco and Triumph Yuquimpo whom he described as the 9th and 10 most wanted carnapping personalities in the nationwide list of the PNP-HPG.
Fajardo said that the two were arrested by members of the PNP-HPG Intelligence Division headed by Colonel Gil Francis G. Tria during a sting which was triggered by a complaint from one of their victims.
He said that an agent posed as a sales agent in order to convince the suspects to come out in the open by luring them into a car transaction.
Fajardo said that Ibasco is facing numerous complaints from victims of car theft and motor vehicle scam and has a standing warrant of arrest for carnapping and estafa with a total recommended bail of P340,000.
He said that Ibasco was arrested after he showed up to meet the agent inside a coffee shop in Gateway. Acting on information provided by Ibasco, the PNP-HPG team arrested Yuquimpo while she was waiting for the former inside another restaurant in the same mall.
Both were apprised of their constitutional rights following their arrest and were immediately taken to the PNP-HPG headquarters for booking and documentation pending their presentation to court.
The two joined the list of Philippines’ most wanted car thieves who have been tracked down by the PNP-HPG as a result of intelligence build-up ordered by Fajardo.
The official has ordered the HPG Intelligence Division to come up with a revised list of most wanted carnapping personalities nationwide for targeting by all PNP-HPG units across the country.
Since the start of the year, more than 30 of the country’s most wanted car thieves have been accounted for by the PNP-HPG as Fajardo expressed confidence the number will further increase as his men continue to track down notorious carnappers, hijackers and highway robbers in their jurisdiction.
Fajardo said that they launched the intelligence-driven operation to account for wanted carjackers and motor thieves following the initiatives of the HPG Intelligence Division which led in the emergence of a new HPG ‘order of battle’ on carnapping syndicates and other criminal gangs involved in hijacking and highway robbery nationwide.