5 'rent-a-car scam' vehicles recovered in Subic
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, March 9 (PNA)-- Authorities here have recovered five stolen vehicles, believed to be part of the rent-a-car scam, inside a yard of an import-export company here.
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) administrator and CEO Wilma Eisma on Thursday said the recovery of the vehicles was the result of several days of surveillance and due diligence by SBMA law enforcers, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
“The SBMA, NBI and PNP have been working together to crack the case and will continue to do so until everyone involved has been brought to justice,” Eisma said.
She said authorities recovered Wednesday night five vehicles at the Ichiban yard, an import and recondition facility of used trucks and construction machineries from Japan for sale to local market or for re-export to the international market, located on Argonaut Highway Lower Mau Camp inside the Freeport.
The recovered vehicles consisting of two commuters and a Toyota Grandia van were allegedly rented on different occasions by a certain Roldan Bernardo in Olongapo City in December 2016, but were never returned to their owners since.
Bernardo was not around when police arrived.
Authorities also found a Toyota Fortuner reportedly owned by one Mr. Zafra and a Mitsubishi Montero, both believed to have been rented by the suspect and brought to Ichiban yard.
Police are now studying if Ichiban has criminal liabilities after the discovery of stolen vehicles in their yard, while verification of the documents of the vehicles are being made prior to informing the legal owners for their return.
Eisma said the SBMA shall actively monitor the case and will assist in any way to ensure that proper charges will be filed against the suspect or suspects.
“Again, we issue this warning, the SBMA will be tough on anyone who will be caught violating law and order inside the Subic Bay Freeport Zone,” she added. (PNA)