MANILA - Police on Monday said it has arrested 4 suspects allegedly involved in carjacking and selling stolen vehicles.
Authorities targeted the group after a complainant claimed that one of them was selling a vehicle that looked identical to his car which was stolen from Parañaque, said Senior Supt. Eleazar Matta, chief of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Metro Manila.
The complainant posed as a buyer for the vehicle, allowing investigators to confirm that it was his stolen car bearing a different conduction sticker, said Matta.
Suspect Sherwin Reyes was arrested at a mall along Quezon Avenue on Thursday after he accepted the marked money from the complainant.
Reyes, the alleged leader of the carjacking group, admitted that he was financed by a certain "Boss Ed," who was later identified as Edwin Gardue Domingo.
Police arrested Domingo and 2 others at a gasoline station in Balintawak, Quezon City.
Domingo eventually confessed that his car rental shop loans stolen vehicles to customers. Police found 6 carjacked SUVs there, said Matta.
Domingo, he said, learned the tricks of the illegal trade after falling prey to carjackers.
Estafa and carnapping charges have been filed against the suspects.