SUV stolen in Mandaluyong turns up in Zamboanga City 11 years later

Roel Pareño - Philstar.com

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - A sports utility vehicle that was reported stolen in Mandaluyong 11 years ago turned up here on Wednesday, regional police said.

Police Superintendent Rogelio Alabata, spokesperson of Police Regional Office 9, said a local police team stopped the vehicle at a checkpoint along Governor Alvarez Street to check for stolen vehicles on Wednesday morning.

The police reported that the SUV, a silver Honda CRV with license plate number XJR 723, was initially flagged down by elements of Police Station 11 led by Police Inspector Inocencio Jamolod for lacking a registration sticker.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Basir Aidal Jr. of Barangay Baliwasan, immediately presented the certificate of registration, official receipt and his driver’s license.

Alabata said the police team, however, verified the license plae number with the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) vehicle information management system and found that it was included in a list of stolen vehicles.

The police said that based on the HPG information system, the stolen vehicle is listed under alarm number 2005-0531-201 as reported by its owner Ma. Nettie L. Vecin of Makati City. According to police records, the vehicle was reportedly forcibly taken by unidentified on along Shaw Blvd., Cor. Kalentong, Mandaluyong City on May 26, 2005.

Alabata said Aidal, who was invited for questioning, claimed his deceased mother bought the vehicle in good faith.

The police released Aidal after he voluntarily surrendered the vehicle. He was advised to submit the pertinent documents as proof of his deceased mother’s ownership of the vehicle and to clear him from allegations.

Alabata said the recovered vehicle was impounded and will be subjected to further examination by the police crime laboratory unit.


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