By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE Mandurriao police in Iloilo City have 15 days to neutralize the gang behind car thefts around the metropolis.

S/Supt Melvin Mongcal, Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) director, ordered Insp Elizer Baclagon, Mandurriao PNP chief, to break up the “Bukas Kotse” gang.

Majority of bukas kotse incidents happen in Mandurriao, particularly in a shopping mall, Smallville leisure park and Diversion Road area.

Last month, four car thefts were recorded in Mandurriao area alone. The suspects cart away laptops and cellphones left inside parked cars.

Mongcal said the Mandurriao police should maximize their intelligence operations to track down Bukas Kotse gang members.

Baclagon said they will coordinate with the ICPO intelligence section to profile the suspects.

The footage of bukas kotse suspects caught by a closed circuit TV camera of an establishment will also help the police track down the thieves, Mongcal said.

The footage showed the suspects using a van to surveillance target cars. After choosing the target car, another set of suspects on board a sedan will go near the target, smash the glass window and cart away their loot.

The Iloilo City Police Station 1 is also investigating Jovan Billones and Anthony Barrera both of Dela Rama Street, Iloilo City Proper District who were caught robbing a car owned by a softdrink company executive.

Billones and Barrera tagged a certain Butch Servando of Brgy Calaparan, Arevalo as the one who smashed the car’s glass window.