ICPO chief tells cops: Go after culprits in gas-siphoning, accessories theft modus

PHOTO CAPTION: Iloilo City Police Office director P/Col. Uldarico Garbanzos (inset) has taken notice of the growing incidence of gas-siphoning and accessories theft against parked vehicles in the metro and has ordered his men to get to the bottom of this new modus./iNews (N. Glenn Aragon/Photos courtesy of Panay News and Kano Tongcua/Aksyon Radyo)

ILOILO CITY–The leadership of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) has already taken notice of the reported siphoning of gasoline and theft of accessories against parked vehicles in the different districts of the metro and has in fact ordered ICPO probers to get to the bottom of this new modus and arrest its perpetrators.

According to P/Col. Uldarico Garbanzos, chief of the ICPO, five incidents of such nature have already been reported in the districts of Jaro and Mandurriao, the most recent victim being a doctor of the West Visayas State University Medical Center. But he said that if they are to account for other incidents that were not reported to the police, he estimates that there may already be eight to nine cases in all.

The majority of the victims, he added, are medical practitioners driving pick-ups or sports utility vehicles (SUVs).

Garbanzos said he has already spoken with the management of commercial establishments, especially at the Boardwalk, Smallville, and Atria areas, for them to strengthen their security arrangements. He also increased the deployment of police personnel in the said areas to prevent these criminal activities.

“With the latest incident, there is already an intent to gain. Ginapalakat ko na ang aton [I had already mobilized our] traffic enforcement unit to trace records,” he added.

Meanwhile, the city police chief is encouraging the victims not to hesitate to report the matter to law enforcers.

“We encourage them to have these recorded (in the blotters) so that, later, when there is an apprehension, pwede naton sila ma-call kag makapasaka sila sang kaso [we can call them and they can file the appropriate case],” Garbanzos averred.

PHYSICIAN-VICTIMS

To note, the most recent incident of gas siphoning/theft of accessories happened only this morning, October 25, and was reported to the Jaro Police Station.

Found underneath the Toyota Rush vehicle that was parked in Brgy. Montinola, Jaro just outside the WVSUMC was a plastic mineral water container possibly used as an improvised funnel as it still reeked of gasoline.

According to P/Capt. Eduardo Siacon, chief of the Jaro Police Station, four incidents of the same nature against privately-owned vehicles have already been reported to the station. Three of the four complainants are medical doctors while the other one also works in a hospital. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNews)

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