MANILA, Philippines – Five suspects allegedly involved in stealing products to be delivered to supermarkets have been arrested, authorities said.
Police said the group’s modus operandi involves applying as a truck driver tasked to deliver canned goods to supermarkets.
Upon loading the products on the truck, the driver then diverts the goods to a storage area before selling it to another client.
After every delivery, the suspects submit a fake delivery invoice before resigning.
“Three months bago namin nalaman na hindi pala original ‘yung pinang-tatak nila. Ang alam namin, talagang dineliver ang mga produkto sa totoong client,” said Susan Altamera, one of the entrepreneurs scammed by the suspects.
Altamera sought help from the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDG) in CALABARZON to follow one of the delivery trucks.
“Sinundan sila ng mga operatiba natin hanggang sa makaabot nga sila sa Metro Manila,” said Sr. Supt. Bernabe Balba, chief of CIDG-CALABARZON.
The truck was recovered in Tondo, Manila and one of the suspects, identified as Joel Tanay, was arrested.
Tanay’s 4 companions who allegedly assist in dispatching the stolen goods were also arrested.
CIDG officials seized several boxes of canned fruit cocktail from a house used as a warehouse.
Boxes of canned goods were also found inside a Toyota Tamaraw FX, which police suspect were about to delivered to a client. -- Report from Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News