MANILA—The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group in Cavite arrested 5 suspects believed to be members of a "rent-tangay" operation, or selling of stolen rented vehicles.
Police identified the suspects as Louie John Sanglap Lozano, Joebert Acosta Burce, Johnrey Avance, Jesus Cordero Hernan and Jeffrey Pineda Soria.
In an entrapment operation, a poseur buyer began transacting with the suspects.
When HPG Cavite operatives were certain the suspects brought the stolen SUV, they immediately arrested the alleged agent and spotter of the rent-tangay group in Imus, Cavite.
A stolen SUV was retrieved by the PNP-HPG at a gasoline station nearby.
The victim, Randy Pineda, is a car rental owner who sought the help of police when somebody rented his Toyota Fortuner on July 14. The amount of P10,000 was paid for two days' rental.
Pineda said the renter showed an ID for an airline company and a passport.
“Na-carnap na ang sasakyan, lahat ng dinadaanan ng GPS, sinusundan po namin, hindi na po namin nakita ang sasakyan dahil nakuhanan na po siya ng GPS,” Pineda said.
Pineda immediately filed a blotter in HPG-Cavite.
Senior Insp. Arthur Cortez, chief of PNP-HPG Cavite, said his group received information that a Fortuner similar to the one reported by Pineda was being sold. Pineda’s group posed as an interested buyer, which led to the arrest of the suspects.
“Through intelligence information, may informant tayo na nagsabi na may binebenta ngang Fortuner na parehas doon sa ini-report sa atin na hindi sinoli doon sa rent-a-car,” Cortez said.
“Bagong grupo, bagong na-identify natin. Titingnan natin kung may relation ito sa dating cases ng rentangay,” Cortez said.
According to PNP-HPG, it is hard for carnappers to steal cars, especially the new models, which is why they resort to stealing from car rental businesses.
The PNP-HPG said the selling price for the stolen Fortuner is only P250,000 to entice buyers.
Cortez warned car renters and buyers not to buy second-hand cars without having a record check.
“Huwag kayong bibili ng sasakyan kung hindi kayo dadaan muna sa pinakamalapit na Highway Patrol Group office para ma-record check kung anuman ang bibilhin niyong sasakyan,” he said.
“Siguraduhin nila na ang rumerenta sa kanila ay may mga dokumento na ipini-present sa kanilang identification card is valid o legal,” he added.
The suspects will be charged with carnapping.