A dismissed policeman was arrested by elements of the Philippine National Police's Highway Patrol Group while selling a stolen Chevrolet Captiva for only P160,000 in Tuguegarao City.
Reports identified the arrested suspect as PO1 Din Barrido Siparo, who had been dismissed from service after being declared absent without official leave. Siparo is also facing another criminal case and is wanted by authorities for jumping bail.
Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina, PNP-HPG director, said elements of HPG-Cagayan had received information that a Captiva was being sold by its driver for a relatively small sum. Sources from a secondhand vehicle dealership said that a used Captiva would normally be priced at around P700,000 for a 2008 model.
Acting on suspicion, the HPG personnel led by Chief Insp. Noel Navan immediately set up a checkpoint in Tuguegarao City where they spotted a Captiva with plate number ZRC 690 being driven by Siparo. Siparo failed to present any document that would prove he was the owner of the Captiva. This prompted the law enforcers to check the Captiva's record through the HPG's Vehicle Information System by which they got validation that the unit had been stolen last June 27 in Manila and that its original plate number was ZRB 705.
Navan's team immediately arrested Siparo and charged him with car theft before a local court.