EIGHTEEN motor vehicles stolen thru the so-called ‘Rent-Sangla, Rent-Tangay’ scheme but recovered by agents of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group on Thursday were returned to their rightful owners in Parang, Maguindanao, officials said yesterday.
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Police Regional Office director, Chief Superintendent Graciano J. Mijares said the HPG ARMM Regional Unit led the formal turnover of the recovered vehicles to their rightful owners during ceremonies held at Camp Brigadier General Salipada K. Pendatuan in Parang, Maguindanao.
PNP-HPG director, Chief Supt. Roberto B. Fajardo ordered the immediate return of the recovered vehicles to their rightful owners upon presentation of complete proof of ownership.
They include valid identification cards, Land Transportation Office (LTO) Official Receipt and Certificate of Registration and certificate of encumbrance.
The victims lost their MVs to a syndicate whose members are known for hoodwinking their targets into renting their vehicles supposedly for rent-a-car services and offering them monthly payment that could earn them extra money apart from being able to pay their monthly amortizations.
The syndicate issues post-dated checks which are goodonly for up to three months. After that, the checks will bounce and the vehicles will disappear, sold by the syndicate members to witting or unwitting buyers in Mindanao.
Follow-up operations are still underway to identify and arrest the members of the ring, said Fajardo.