Three major suspects in what the Highway Patrol Group, described as the biggest, elusive
motorcycle-carnap syndicate in Negros Oriental, may get life imprisonment if the
full force of the law will be imposed on them upon conviction.
This followed after Highway Patrol group leader Insp. Robelito Mariano led In the busting of the syndicate’s main safe house in Sibulan last Thursday. This followed months of surveillance on the syndicate’s movement.
Sixteen carnapped motorcylces were recovered, l3 of which were already chopped into parts and pieces while three have yet to be dismantled.
PInsp Mariano said his office has filed anti-carnapping and anti-fencing charges against the suspects before the prosecutor’s office last Friday.
Charged for alleged violation of the Anti Carnapping Act of 1972 RA 6539 were:
Rizaldo Sabejon, aka Kimpang/ Dodong, 42 of Campaclan, Sibulan; Jun Clint Sabejon, aka Clint, 18, son of Rizaldo of same address; and Albert Maghanoy, 21 of Pancil, Balugo, Sibulan.
The High Patrol Group and the Dumaguete City Police busted the group believed to be responsible for a series of carnapping incidents in Dumaguete and in neighboring municipalities.
A buy-bust and entrapment operation led the joint team of operatives to the rented residence of a certain Rizaldo Sabijon in Sitio Campaclan, Poblacion, Sibulan, more than 10 kilometers north of Dumaguete where several chop-chop motorcycle sparts were hidden in one of the rooms.
Owners of the carnapped l6 motorcycles were urged to see the Highway Patrol group at the capitol area headquarters and see if they can still identify their lost items.
High Patrol Group chief Police Inspector Robelito Mariano and P/S Insp Poblete of the Dumaguete Police disclosed that the discovery of several carnapped motorcycles was an offshoot of an incident early Wednesday morning when a certain Duane Banua of Zamboanguita reported the loss of his motorcycle while parked at the Dumaguete Public market area.
A buy-bust and entrapment operation of the XRM engine was conducted which resulted in the apprehension of Sabijon in his rented residence in Campaclan, Sibulan.
According to a police operative, it was Sabijon himself who sold the engine to a poseur buyer at P8,000 and told operatives he can supply them with more.
Also arrested was his son Riz John, 18 years old and a mechanic Albert Maghanoy, resident of Balugo, Sibulan.
In an interview, Sabijon claimed he is from Taguiloan, Misamis Oriental but when asked by the police said he is from Cagayan de Oro.
He further claimed that he has a shop in Maslog, and transferred location to Campaclan only recently, and alleged that he is merely buying stolen motorcycles including cannibalized motorcycles at P10,000 each.
However, upon interrogation, it was learned that Sabijon himself carnapped the XRM motorcycle of Banua using a “universal” key.
Initial inventory showed 12 seats , 14 chassis and several spare parts and other accessories inside the house of the suspects.
Both Maghanoy and the son Riz John Sabijon vehemently denied involvement in the crime.jg (by Choy Gallarde)