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The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is conducting an investigation on an alleged car theft syndicate within the agency.

"We have warned our personnel that anyone who is caught committing a crime using our office will be dealt with accordingly," LTO chief Arturo Lomibao said.

The investigation was prompted by reports that LTO employees are involved in a car theft syndicate that operates in Metro Manila.

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has been conducting raids since last month and has so far recovered 32 vehicles and arrested at least 41 suspects.

NCRPO chief Roberto Rosales said, however, that incidents of car theft have dropped from an average of six a day since the police agency started the raids.

"There are days like last Friday and Saturday that we recorded zero car theft cases in Metro Manila. While on other days, car thieves managed to strike but they took only fewer vehicles," Rosales said in a Philippine Star report.

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