AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group on Sunday night arrested a member of the Police Security and Protection Group driving a stolen car in Laguna.
PNP-IMEG director Brig. Gen. Oliver Enmodias said suspect Police Chief Master Sergeant Allan Casanas was behind the wheels of a silver Toyota Innova when arrested on Chipeco Avenue in Brgy. Halang, Calamba City, Laguna at 7:20 p.m. on Sunday
According to the official, IMEG undercover officers placed the PSPG member under surveillance amid information they received that he was using a stolen car.
The IMEG operatives, with the help of members of the PNP Highway Patrol Group under Brig. Gen. Rommel Francisco Marbil, on Sunday nigh flagged down the accused and placed him under arrest after a check with the HPG Vehicle Information Management System showed that he was in possession of a wanted stolen vehicle.
A record check showed that the wagon originally owned by Jeanet Gisalan of Malate, Manila was stolen in front of #22 Scout Borromeo Street in Bgy. South Triangle, Quezon City on August 28, 2012.
When intercepted, the accused was driving the wagon with the license plate number PBI-531, which was found to have been originally issued to a black Ford Focus Hatchback registered under the name of Total Philippines Corporation, said Brig. Gen. Enmodias.
“The suspect was asked for documents as proof of ownership of the said vehicle but failed to show any,” said the PNP-IMEG director.
The policeman was stripped of his PNP-issued cal. 9mm semi-automatic pistol with agazine containing 20 live ammunition.
The stolen wagon will be subjected to further examination by the PNP-HPG and the Forensic Group.
Enmodias said the arrest of the accused should be a fair warning to all members of the police force that they have a “zero tolerance policy” on policemen involved in all kinds of irregularities, including those using recovered vehicles or motorcycles recovered in police operations or are in actual possession of stolen SUVs, cars and motorbikes and are using them or trying to sell them to other people.