Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Pinoy Business Stories: Anti-Car Jacking Device

Second time around for carjackers in QC
First posted 01:12am (Mla time) Dec 21, 2005 By DJ YapInquirer

Editor's Note: Published on Page A19 of the December 21, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

CAR thieves struck anew in Quezon City the other night, taking at gunpoint the sports utility vehicle of a bank executive—the second reported case in the city this month.

Two armed men aboard a silver sedan blocked a dark gray Toyota Fortuner being driven by Godofredo Fuego, 47, along Congressional near corner Visayas Avenues in Barangay Bahay Toro on Monday at 9:45 p.m.

The police said the suspects acted as though the SUV had bumped them, cursing at the driver who was with an unidentified housemaid.

Armed with a .45-caliber handgun, one of the suspects boarded the SUV, with license plate ZBY-166, and sped away, with Fuego and the housemaid inside.

The suspects headed for Valenzuela City, where they dropped off the driver and the housemaid, said Quezon City Police District anticarnapping (Ancar) unit head Chief Insp. Rudy Jaraza.
The SUV was owned by a bank manager who asked not to be named.

Jaraza said the owner had asked his housemaid and driver buy medicine. But on their way back to Violago Homes III, the sedan, with no car plates, blocked their path.

The incident was the second case of carjacking in the city.

On Dec. 17, a Nissan X-trail, with license plate XSL-318, was taken forcibly from John Michael Cusi on Palanan Street corner Retiro by two unidentified gunmen, according to Ancar records.
The victim was also dropped off somewhere in Valenzuela City, prompting police to believe that the same group of carjackers was responsible for both cases.

Jaraza said Ancar had already identified the suspects and was just waiting for the opportunity to catch them.

Only four members of the criminal group still operate in Quezon City and Valenzuela City, he added.

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