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By Francis Allan L. Angelo

A FORMER village chief in Antique resigned from his post and ended up as a car thief.

Sergio Dava, 31, ex-punong barangay of Zaragoza, Bugasong in Antique, was arrested Thursday evening by security guards of the Central Philippine University (CPU) in Jaro, Iloilo City.

Dava was caught entering a room at the 3rd Floor of the Nursing Building of the said university which is hosting the 14th University Games.

According to the Jaro police station, Dava is believed to be behind 10 cases of thefts in the said university.

Dava’s latest victim was Ava Delgado, 49, of Brgy Dungon A Jaro, Iloilo City who lost her valuables inside her cars.

The police recovered from Dava’s possession assorted credit and ATM cards and the wallet owned by Delgado.

Also recovered from Dava were bank and identification cards of a certain Mannin F. Cordero.

Dava said he quit as punong barangay of Zaragoza, Bugasong in Antique for alleged malversation of funds.

Dava said he was forced to steal to pay for pension houses and hotels in Iloilo City where he is staying.

C/Insp. Orly Gabinete, Jaro police chief, led follow-up operation in four pension houses where Dava stayed.

Gabinete said they recovered more personal belongings owned by Dava’s victims.

The Jaro police believe that Dava is a member of the notorious Bukas Kotse gang operating in Iloilo City.

But Dava said he is not a member of any criminal gang preying on cars. He said he only picks the lock of cars, unlike the Bukas Kotse gang which smashes car windows to carry out the heist.

Dava is presently detained at the Jaro police station.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

CAR thieves have carted away more than P1 million worth of valuables as of August 2009, according to the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO).

From February to August 29, 2009, a total of 31 Bukas Kotse cases were recorded in Iloilo City.

Mandurriao district accounted for the most number of incidents with 15 cases. For the month of August, a total of 8 car thieveries happened in the district.

Jaro district recorded 6 incidents, LaPaz (4), Molo (3), Iloilo City proper (2) and Arevalo (1).

The car thieves loot amounted to P1-million worth of laptop computers and P577,000 worth of cellphones and other items such as bags and a caliber .45 pistol owned by a gun club member.

The ICPO had given the Mandurriao PNP 15 days to crack down the car thieves.

S/Supt Melvin Moncal, ICPO director, said he set the same deadline on the intelligence section to gather information on the Bukas Kotse gang and neutralize them.

Moncal said two of four Bukas Kotse gangs have been neutralized while two are still active.

The police urged business establishments to use closed circuit TV cameras as precautionary measure against car thieves and other criminals.

A CCTV camera of JD and Emilion restaurants along Gen. Luna Street caught how the Bukas Kotse gang operates.

Moncal said the information from the video will help them profile and neutralize car thieves.

June 2020

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