HPG-9 chief warns against buying carnapped vehicles PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:18

Sr. Supt. Severino  B. Agustin, Highway Patrol Group-9 chief, yesterday reminded the public especially those who want to acquire a second-hand or used motorvehicle to verify first the records or status of the vehicle with the HPG-9 or Land the Transportation Office 9

Agustin explained that the usual modus operandi of carnappers is to tell prospective buyers that they are putting a motorvehicle on rush sale saying that they have a problem or they are going to travel somewhere and they need money.

“Check with the HPG-9 and LTO-9 before paying for the vehicle to the vendor,” Agustin advised.

He advised buyers of used cars or second hand motorvehicles to assert their rights before paying so that their money will not go to waste or be  cheated.

HPG-9 operatives under Agustin have recovered several motorvehicles which were carnapped or stolen in other places in the country.

If a buyer of used car asks for clearance from HPG-9, Agustin’s operatives always check it with the Vehicle Information Management System to determine if that car is stolen or carnapped.

Many motorvehicles have been impounded by HPG-9 because they are in the list of vehicles with alarm/ status warning from the VIMS which is internet linked nationwide.

Meanwhile, Agustin disclosed that his men have arrested a carnapper and a criminal case was filed against  him. The suspect with two companions seized a Honda XRM motorcycle at gunpoint last January 10 ,2014 around 1:40 p.m. in front of Candelaria Elementary School in the municipality of Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte. He was arrested in an eintrapment operation at the Zamboanga City National  High School West.

The owner of the Honda XRM  is a public school  teacher in Zamboanga del  Norte. He was fortunate because the gunmen did not shoot him.

Agustin said the name of the arrested suspect was withheld because the case is already  in court. — Allen Abastillas