CABANATUAN CITY — The arrest of an 18-year-old suspect for Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 has led authorities to uncover six motorcycle thefts previously perpetrated by the arrested suspect since last month in several areas in Nueva Ecija.
Provincial police director Col. Jaime O. Santos said this developed after arrested suspect Mark Joshua Pariña, alias Nognog, of Purok Ipil, Bgy. Padre Crisostomo, this city, voluntarily admitted stealing six units of tricycles – three in this city and one each in the towns of San Leonardo, Talavera and Peñaranda, on various dates starting last month.
Santos said the suspect’s admission led him to direct his men and the provincial highway patrol group led by Major Lester P. Zafra to raid the supposed lairs of the suspect’s fencing contacts, resulting in the arrest of two suspects in San Leonardo and in General Tinio.
City police head Lt. Col. Barnard Danie V. Dasugo said this case breakthrough on the series of latest motorcycle thefts occurring in the province was uncovered during a police tactical interrogation on Pariña, who was earlier arrested for violation of Republic Act 9262 upon the complaint of his girlfriend.
During a follow-up operation in San Leonardo, police recovered a blue Kawasaki Bajaj motorcycle, which was stolen from Erdy Cudal, 36, sales representative, at his house in Purok Dike, Bgy. Valdefuente, this city on June 1.
Santos said it also resulted in the arrest of Parina’s alleged fencing contact, identified as Romy Wico, 37, mechanic, of Purok 3, Bgy Diversion, San Leonardo.
In a subsequent operation in General Tinio, police also nabbed suspect Joel Padolina, 40, of Purok Sagingan, Bgy. Nazareth, to whom Pariña admitted having sold three stolen Kawasaki Bajaj motorcycles and two sidecars.
Santos said Padolina’s arrest led them to conduct simultaneous raids in barangays Rio Chico, San Pedro, Padolina and Nazareth which led in the recovery of one stolen Kawasaki Bajaj motorcycle, two sidecars and a kolong-kolong.
Santos said the recovered MC, which was registered to U-Profit Sales and Distribution, Angeles City, Pampanga was later claimed by Ernesto Olivares, 63, head security, of Purok 3, Bgy. San Isidro, Cabanatuan City, upon presentation of pertinent documents.
Separate charges for violation of Presidential Decree 1612 (Anti-Fencing Law) against Wico and Padolina, and RA 10883 (New Anti-Carnapping Act of 2016) are being readied for filing against them before the city prosecutor’s office here.
Santos said a flash alarm was also sent to higher headquarters for possible identification of the owners of the stolen motorcycles, tricycles and sidecars.