Police neutralize 'carjack-for-ransom' gang

Those thieves are getting more and more creative
by Aris Ilagan | Sep 6, 2011

Police authorities arrested this morning two suspects who demanded from a mother P50,000 "ransom money" in exchange for her vehicle that was earlier pawned by her own son.

Caloocan City Police Station chief Senior Supt. Jude Santos identified the arrested suspects as Jojo Palataw and Nelson Sedentario.

The police team allegedly recovered from the two a Toyota Corolla with license plate number THE-228, which was repotedly owned by Adelmira De Leon.

De Leon reported to the police that her car was "stolen" from her garage on August 25. It turned out later that De Leon's son, identified as Arvyn Go, took the Corolla without her mother's consent and pawned it to a certain Virginia Elamparo for P50,000.

During the interrogation, the two suspects claimed that they were ordered by Elamparo to call De Leon to demand P50,000 in exchange for the vehicle.

This prompted De Leon to seek assistance from police authorities led by Senior Insp. Gaylord Tamayo, Caloocan City Police Anti-Carnapping Unit, who conducted entrapment operations against Palataw and Sedentario that led to their arrest.

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Both Arvyn and Elamparo have not subjected themselves to police investigation, reports added.

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