AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force late morning yesterday arrested a Pangasinan policeman on charges of carnapping and failing to report the recovery of a stolen motor vehicle and using it as his personal van, PNP-CITF director, Senior Superintendent Romeo M. Caramat Jr. said.
In a report to PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde, the official identified the arrested suspect as Senior Police Officer 3 Jonathan Muyargas Sanchez of the Mangaldan Municipal Police Station. Gen. Albayalde has ordered the investigation of SPO3 Sanchez and his colleagues who failed to report the recovery of the motor vehicle and allowed the latter to use it.
Caramat said that SPO3 Sanchez was arrested by his men along the provincial road in Barangay Navaluan in Mangaldan municipality while driving a white Toyota Hi-Ace van without Land Transportation Office conduction sticker and with the unauthorized plate no. WHU-681.
The arrest was made by members of the PNP-CITF with the help of the PNP Intelligence Group, the PNP Highway Patrol Group and in coordination with the Police Regional Office 1 around 10:25 in the morning.
Caramat said that also confiscated from the possession of the Pangasinan policeman were a caliber 9mm semi-automatic pistol with a magazine containing 14 live ammunition and a loaded cal. .45 pistol.
The PNP-CITF director said that they conducted the operation in the aftermath of a complaint from one Mrs. Rosa Pamor, a resident of Bagong Silang, Caloocan City that her stolen van was in the custody of the Mangaldan police.
An investigation showed that a man who rented the van from Mrs. Pamor on September 8 last year failed to return the vehicle after the 3-day rental period was over. She later got an information that the vehicle was recovered by the Mangaldan police although members of the station denied having custody of the motor vehicle.
Caramat said that their background investigation showed that last September, members of the Mangaldan police station arrested several suspected members of a ‘Budol-Budol’ gang operating in the province who were in possession of the van belonging to Pamor.
However, the Mangaldan police did not include in their official report to the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office the recovery of the stolen motor vehicle.
It turned out that after deliberately excluding the recovery of the van in their report, SPO3 Sanchez used the vehicle in their police operation and for his personal use.
Caramat said that the arrested policeman was immediately taken to the PNP-CITF headquarters in Camp Crame shortly after his arrest. Criminal and administrative charges for carnapping and grave misconduct will be filed against the Pangasinan cop, the PNP-CITF director said.
The PNP-CITF is also investigating some officers and men of the Mangaldan police station who are involved in the arrest of the ‘Budol-Budol’ gang members but failed to include in their official report the recovery of the stolen van.
PNP chief, Albayalde had made it very clear to his men that all motor vehicles and motorcycles recovered in police operations must be properly accounted for and impounded following the conduct of a technical inspection of the vehicle.
Police nationwide are also prohibited from using recovered stolen motor vehicles or those seized in operations and have been included as part of evidence in court both in conducting police operations and specifically, for personal use.
The offense is a grave misconduct which is punishable by dismissal from the police force.