Three employees of a hauling company were arrested after an entrapment operation evening of March 20, 2019 in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo.
The suspects are James Mira of Dumalag, Capiz; Paul Christian Escobañez of Barangay Cochero, Molo, Iloilo City; and Jessa Mae Trabuco of Barangay Pagsanga-an, Pavia, Iloilo.
Mira and Escobañez are employed as drivers while Trabuco is the head of line of Ninja Van Express Tech. Phils.
The three are accused of allegedly stealing products intended for delivery to online shoppers.
Emerson Mojar, deputy head of Ninja Van Express, placed the complaint against the three employees.
Members of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO)-Special Operations Group conducted the surveillance operation against the suspects.
Chief Inspector Jonathan Pinuela, IPPO-PSOG chief, said they placed an officer at the cargo area of the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo to monitor the suspects’ movement.
“We learned that they were segregating some parcels intended for delivery,” he said.
Two popular online shopping companies use the services of Ninja Van Express.
After they left the cargo area, police officers flagged down the suspects’ vehicle at Bangga Dama in Sta. Barbara town.
Pinuela said more or less P100,000 worth of products were taken from the driver’s and passengers’ seats.
Since December 2018, the Ninja Van Express declared around P15 million in losses due to missing products.
Once an item is lost, the hauling company is obliged to pay the consignee.
Pinuela said the suspects appeared to have quickly mastered which parcel to segregate.
“Usually, they choose the ones with the DG mark,” he said.
DG stands for dangerous goods, which are usually risky items such as gadgets.
How do they divide their loots?
“Usually, pa kursunada lang. If one of them likes the shoes, then he gets it,” Pinuela said.
The suspects denied the accusations against them.
“But they later admitted it. Trabuco even turned over other items that were still in her possession,” Pinuela said.
The three are now detained at the lock-up cell of Cabatuan Police Station and will be charged for qualified theft.