Two of the suspects, Alquever Lovino, 20, of Barangay Osias, Kabacan, and Dexter Macalipat Maubin, 21, of Barangay Malabuaya, also in Kabacan, were arrested in Barangay Balindog at around 11 p.m., Tuesday.
Lovino and Maubin were accused of carting away the motorcycle owned by
Dominador Gatus, 24, of Tahran Subdivision, here, while it was parked outside Kamalig Restaurant, along Datu Ingkal St., around 9 p.m., Tuesday.
City police director Chief Insp. Leo Ajero immediately ordered pursuit operations against the suspect.
An hour later, they tracked down the two suspects along Barangay Balindog here.
Senior Police Officer 4 Hilton Julian, led the arrest of Lovino and Maubin.
During the interrogation, the suspects identified their two “big bosses” – one named Bajuri Dimanalao of Krislam Ville, Kabacan, and a certain Saudi Kaisi, 30, of San Pablo Village, Cotabato City.
Hours later, Dimanalao was arrested in Kabacan town, and Kaisi was tracked down in Pikit town.
Ajero said they confiscated from the suspects several dismantled parts of the motorcycles that they allegedly carted away.
In Kabacan town alone, Ajero said, around four motorcycles had been stolen since January 19 this year.
“We started the tracking down of these motorcycles since last week. On Monday night, we launched the massive anti-carnapping operations,” said Ajero.
The operations led to the confiscation of 17 motorcycles without plate numbers and other pertinent papers.
Of these, two were from Kabacan town, according to Ajero.
“We’re still on the process of finding out which of these motorcycles that we confiscated were carnapped,” he said.