Mo­tor thief dead, 4 oth­ers nabbed

Sun.Star Davao - - SOUTHERN - MCM

Ki­da­pawan City – Op­er­a­tives of the city po­lice and the Spe­cial Ac­tion Force (SAF) ar­rested five sus­pected mo­tor­cy­cle thieves, after a shootout in­side a cof­fee shop here on Tues­day, a po­lice of­fi­cer said.

Of the five, one was slain in the shoot­ing; the other one was wounded; and the rest un­hurt, ac­cord­ing to city direc­tor Su­per­in­ten­dent Ramel Ho­jilla.

The sus­pects are res­i­dents of nearby Mak­i­lala, Cota­bato, Ho­jilla said.

The city direc­tor re­fused to re­veal to me­dia the iden­ti­ties of the sus­pects whom he con­sid­ered as no­to­ri­ous mem­bers of a syn­di­cate of mo­tor­cy­cle thieves oper­at­ing in North Cota­bato and nearby ar­eas in Re­gion 12.

Ac­cord­ing to Ho­jilla, the sus­pects ar­rived in the city on board a pas­sen­ger tri­cy­cle, around 10pm on Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ingly, footages from close cir­cuit tele­vi­sion (CCTV) se­cu­rity cam­eras from two es­tab­lish­ments cap­tured the steal­ing of two mo­tor­bikes – one took place around 10 p.m. at the Roof Top and the other in­ci­dent at 10:30 p.m. in an in­ter­net café, both lo­cated along Old PC Bar­racks, Barangay Su­dapin, here.

One of the vic­tims, the se­cu­rity guard of the Roof Top, has im­me­di­ately in­formed the PNP when he saw the thief who stole his mo­tor­cy­cle re­turned to the bar, along with an­other com­pan­ion.

Ho­jilla said his men, in­clud­ing SAF op­er­a­tives, went to the Roof Top and im­me­di­ately col­lared the two.

Dur­ing the in­ter­ro­ga­tion, the two re­vealed that three of their com­pan­ions were still in­side the Kofi Bar, also lo­cated along Old PC Bar­racks. The sus­pects’ rel­a­tives cried foul over the killing of one of their kin and the ar­rest of the four oth­ers.

An un­cle, who re­quested not to be named, has de­nied his rel­a­tives are no­to­ri­ous mo­tor­cy­cle thieves. /

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