Police bait notorious ‘motornapper’

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A NOTORIOUS motornapper was arrested after he was caught driving off with a motorcycle shortly after midnight of April 16, 2019.

Carlito Labanon, 33, of Barangay Lupaan, Laua-an, Antique, fell into the trap set by Guimbal Police Station.

Police Major Remie Alavaren, Guimbal police chief, said they identified the suspect after footage from a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera captured him driving off with a motorcycle.

Police placed the motorcycle as bait Monday evening at Barangay Bongol San Vicente, Guimbal.

True enough, Labanon took the unattended motorcycle when he spotted it. The suspect yielded an explosive when arrested.

As he was taken into police custody, the suspect admitted to have sold several motorcycles he stole in his motornapping spree that spanned two years.

Within a day, Guimbal police officers rounded the towns of Laua-an and Bugasong towns in Antique province and recovered 21 motorcycles.

Alavaren, who is also the concurrent chief of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO)-Provincial Investigation and Detective Management Section, said the new owners gave up the motorcycles for fear that they might be charged for violation of anti-fencing law.

Others left their motorcycles with other persons who turned them over to the police.

Alavaren is not discounting the possibility that the suspect also stole motorcycles in areas where he used to work such as Manila, Boracay Island in Aklan, Lipa in Batangas, and Antique province.

“There could be several motorcycles that he already sold to different areas in Antique and even outside of Westeen Visayas,” he said.

Labanon is now detained and was charged for violation of Republic Act 9516 or illegal possession of explosives, violation of the Omnibus Election Code, and RA 10883 or the New Anti-Carnapping Act of 2016.

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