POLICE are hunting down a rookie police officer who pawned to a fellow cop a gun stolen from the safety cabinet of the Tanauan City Police Station in Tanauan City, Batangas.
Tanauan City Police Station chief Lt. Col Victor Sobrepena said Patrolman Mark Jay Salazar Lirio is nowhere to be found.
Sobrepena said they want Lirio to explain why he pawned the gun to fellow officer PSSg John John Patulot.
The pawned gun was one of the firearms surrendered to the custody of the police station.
Patulot, assigned at the Firearms Explosives Security Agencies and Guard Supervision of the Tanauan PNP, said one of the 44 surrendered guns stored in the safety cabinet of the police station was missing, prompting him to order an investigation.
A probe showed that around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Lirio pawned a .9mm Tanfoglio pistol to Patulot for P10,000. Patulot said Lirio told him the gun was registered under his name. Patulot later found out that the weapon pawned to him was the missing firearm.