AUTHORITIES arrested eleven people, including two police officers from Nueva Ecija, tagged as members of a criminal syndicate who ransacked a warehouse owned by Chinese businessmen in Quezon City.
The suspects identified as P/Corporals Celso Calibuso Jr. 35, and Paul John Hipolito, 39, who are assigned at the Cabiao Municipal Police Station in Nueva Ecija, and civilian Gregorio Rivera, 51, were arrested in Barangay San Juan North in Cabiao on Monday at around 12:35 p.m.
Another operation the same day led to the arrest of Daniel Tuazon, 26, in Bgy. Ilog Bulo in San Miguel, Bulacan at around 5:40 p.m.
Seven other suspects were arrested in Palayan City on Sunday at around 6:30 p.m., according to the police. They are Wilfredo Villoga, 49; Lolito Perez, 42; Domingo Enriquez, 45; Rolando Fajardo, 50; Eduardo Paez, 35; Rodrigo Villamor 59,; and Walter Torres, 49.
Probers said their arrest resulted from a follow-up operation based on the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) investigation of a robbery at a warehouse along Don Jose St. in Bgy. Sto. Domingo, last Thursday, April 21, at around 8:22 p.m.
Investigation showed that a group of armed men barged inside the warehouse and held two Chinese and their employees at gunpoint.
The suspects took an unspecified amount of cash, cellular phones, and a Chevrolet Captiva sport utility vehicle (SUV).
The vehicle was recovered at the operation in Palayan, and police also seized a 45. caliber handgun, two hand grenades, cellular phones, and ammunition from the suspects.
One of the suspects, Paez, identified the two police officers who instructed them to commit the crime.