Car thieves operating in southern Metro Manila arrested

Dangerous times indeed for car owners
by Aris Ilagan | Jul 10, 2011

Two alleged members of a newly-formed carjacking syndicate were arrested this morning by elements of the PNP's Highway Patrol Group. The pair even claimed to be agents of the National Bureau of Investigation when caught driving a stolen vehicle.

Brothers John Arellano, 34, and Prince Ray Arellano, 26, both residents of Justinville Subdivision in Bacoor, Cavite, were arrested by elements of the PNP HPG-Cavite in front of a convenience store in Imus, Cavite, while in possession of a stolen Nissan X-Trail with plate number XMF 298.

According to HPG authorities, the X-Trail was stolen while parked at the Command and General Staff College on Arellano Road in Fort Bonifacio, Makati City, last Thursday (July 7). It turned out that the registered owner of the X-Trail is Normita Domingo, a resident of AFP Village in Western Bicutan, Taguig City.

When approached by the HPG team, the two reportedly claimed that they owned the car and that they were agents of the NBI. The police team immediately arrested the Arellano brothers after being able to verify that the vehicle was included on the HPG's “hot car” list.

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HPG records showed that the two suspects belonged to a newly-formed “Arellano Carnap Gang” operating in southern parts of Metro Manila.

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