HPG uncovers new modus operandi

THE PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG) on Monday, April 11, said that it has uncovered a new modus operandi of carnapping syndicates involving the infamous “dagdag-bawas” scheme of data entry in motor vehicle registration of stolen cars.

HPG Director, Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina said that a recent anti-carnapping operation by HPG operatives in Davao City led to the discovery of the new modus operandi of carnapping syndicates.

The HPG chief said that operatives of the Regional Highway Patrol Unit (RHPU)-11 based in Davao City apprehended Albert Daquiado in San Rafael, Maa, Davao City while driving a brand new Mitsubishi Lancer GT-A with license plate KFV-767.

Daquiado was initially apprehended for violation of RA 8750 (Seatbelt Law), but upon closer examination, HPG operatives noticed a discrepancy in the car’s 2011 LTO validation sticker.

The HPG chief explained that brand new cars are issued three-year LTO validation stickers, which prompted their operatives to make further verification with the HPG’s Vehicle Information Management System (VIMS) database.

Upon verification, the said vehicle was found to be owned by Gwen Angelica M Tamayo of Barangay Greater Fairview, Quezon City and that it was reported stolen while parked last March 18.

Daquiado presented car registration papers purportedly issued on March 21, 2011 by the LTO branch in Tubod, Lanao del Norte showing that the car was registered to a certain Gwen M Tamayo Buloy.

“Our investigators noticed that the second given name “Angelica” has been omitted and the second surname “Buloy” was added,” Espina said.

The car’s registration papers (OR/CR) also showed the character “P” was inserted in the start of the series of chassis numbers while the character “K” was inserted as the last digit in the series of engine numbers.

Espina said this new modus operandi of carnapping syndicates is intended to avoid detection of stolen vehicles when subjected to verification with the HPG’s electronic database.

“Human intelligence prevailed and made up for the limitations of the computer database system,” Espina said, adding that Daquiado is now undergoing investigation while the car is being subjected to further forensic examination. Anthony Vargas

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