3 LTO staff members nabbed over car or truck license plate theft

3 LTO staff members nabbed over car or truck license plate theft
Three LTO employees nabbed over car license plate theft

LTO Main Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II, DILG Secretary Benhur Abalos Jr., and users of DILG Special Venture Team existing the 3 suspects in the alleged theft of license plates from the LTO Plates Making Plant to customers of the media on Friday, January 26, 2024. The three suspects were arrested on Thursday, January 25,  INQUIRER.net / Luisa Cabato

MANILA, Philippines — Authorities have arrested a few workforce of the Land Transportation Workplace (LTO) for allegedly stealing license plates from the LTO Plate Building Plant.

In a press meeting, LTO main and Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II reported legislation enforcers have also introduced a manhunt for another LTO personnel, who supposedly serves as the “team leader.”

“In coordination with the DILG [Department of the Interior and Local Government] and the Philippine Nationwide Law enforcement, we are now [investigating] all all those included in this modus and to ascertain if they are aspect of any legal syndicate,” he mentioned.

According to Mendoza, the investigation began in 2023 when the LTO Intelligence and Investigation Division, led by Renante Militante, acquired facts that some LTO staff members have been thieving license plates.

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On Thursday, a protection guard at the facility tipped Militante that the three LTO workforce had been allegedly thieving 5 license plates.

The information and facts was relayed to DILG chief Benhur Abalos Jr., who tasked the Philippine Countrywide Police to carry out the arrest.

“Based on the result of the investigation, they are advertising the license plate at P10,000 for each piece. We are now striving to decide how extensive and how quite a few license plates have been stolen by these errant workers,” said Mendoza.

He included that the suspects are detained and experiencing fees of violation of Write-up 310 (skilled theft) and Article 294 (robbery) of the Revised Penal Code.

Administrative charges will also be submitted from them, mentioned the LTO chief.

Technical carjacking

Based mostly on the investigation, the arrested suspects are part of a “grand unlawful scheme involving newly acquired motor vehicles by means of financing.”

“A comprehensive investigation disclosed that the modus starts off with a leader or a financier who will obtain a car by way of financing and will illegally offer the automobile employing duplicated plates and bogus OR/CR,” the LTO said in a push launch despatched to reporters.

“By accomplishing so, the financier finds its way to give a fraudulent plate and OR/CR from his/her contact within LTO amounting to or considerably less P20,000 every single pair of plates. Far more so, his/her speak to will then ask for the Plate Making Plant (PMP) crew leader to illegally put these so-known as duplicate plates,” it included.

The LTO also mentioned that when the replicated plate is ready, the staff leader, or “warehouse supervisor,” will provide it to the financier by courier after obtaining payment to conclude the deal.

Mendoza mentioned that the plan could be regarded as “technical carnapping.”

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“The most significant element of Complex Carnapping is the role of the con artist that normally fronts in the transaction by disguising by themselves as the registered car operator through the disposal stage,” he discussed.

“Hence, a backstop identification card and other proof that can guidance the belief that the con artist is the registered operator is necessary in the documentation prior to the disposal of the motor car or truck. The con artist will have to have valid identification playing cards (falsified or bogus) that will match the identify in the falsified registration paperwork,” he extra.