Suspects of “rent-tagay” modus operandi
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Authorities arrested four individuals involved in a carnapping “rent-tangay” modus operandi in Quezon City.
PSSupt. Eleazar Matta of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) said the entrapment operation against the suspects were launched Sunday (July 15) after a victim sought help from police over his stolen vehicle.
Matta, citing the victim’s account, said a tipster told the victim that his (victim) vehicle was being traded through a buy-and-sell scheme.
After the authorities verified that the vehicle was indeed of the victim, they launched the operation with the victim himself acting as poser-buyer.
The police first arrested the alleged leader of the group identified as Sherwin Reyes inside a mall along Quezon Avenue on the act of receiving the marked money. During the interrogation, Reyes admitted to having a financier in the scheme.
Hours later, Reyes’ companions Nikko Perlas, Edwin Acosta Domingo and Edwin Garduque Domingo, who was said to be the group’s financier, were arrested at a gasoline station in Unang Sigaw, Balintawak in Quezon City.
Garduque-Domingo admitted of having stolen vehicles in his rent-a-car shop where authorities identified four stolen sports utility vehicles.
The four suspects are now facing charges of estafa and carnapping. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo