HPG discovers new carnapping modus operandi

THE PHILIPPINE National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) discovered a new modus operandi wherein syndicates stealing cars uses counterfeit PNP-HPG Motor Vehicle Clearance Certificates (MVCCs) and Special Bank Receipts (SBR) in registering stolen vehicles with the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

The discovery was made by HPG Regional Highway Patrol Unit 3, under Sr. Supt. Sheldon Jacaban, when they recovered two fake MVCCs together with a fake SBR and a PNP Crime Lab Macro-etching Form.

The said items were recovered by the Zambales HPG office, under Chief Insp. Joel Mendoza, from a certain ‘Bobot’ who was arrested by HPG personnel last April 15.

The HPG “Clearance Certificates”, according to Bobot were issued at HPG Motor Vehicle Clearance Office in Camp Crame by a certain Raquel for Transfer of Ownership and Change Body Design for his Model 1990 Isuzu truck.

However, the confiscated fake certificates showed several discrepancies as far as the security features of the genuine MVCCs, such as the name of the HPG wherein the old Traffic Management Group (TMG) was used.

LTO offices in Region 3 and other areas, including Manila, were alerted on these fake certificates which are being passed-on as genuine clearances by unscrupulous persons and groups to facilitate registration of motor vehicles which may also include stolen ones.

HPG Director, Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina, appealed to the public to avoid approaching ‘fixers’ or unauthorized PNP personnel and instead, transact directly with personnel of the PNP-HPG Motor Vehicle Clearance Offices.

Espina said the HPG has Stations in Caloocan City; inside Camp Caringal and Novaliches in Quezon City; Pier 8 in Manila, Pasig City; Domestic Road in Pasay; Muntinlupa City; and Las Piñas City; and all HPG Regional Offices nationwide.

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