A notorious 'Bukas Kotse' suspect from Jaro, Iloilo City finally fell into the hands of police authorities after victimizing some 20 car owners in this metropolis.
The suspect, Rollen Magno y Cabardo, 31, of Javellana Extension, Jaro, Iloilo City, was caught by operatives of Special Operations Group (SOG) while ransacking the Nissan car of a medical technologist parked in one of the resto bars at Smallville complex along the Diversion Road in Mandurriao district here.
When confronted by the police, Magno made an alibi that he was ordered by his aunt to get her things inside the car but the police declined to believe his tale.
SOG head Supt. Noel Lamsis said they have already initiated several tedious casing operations on Magno's activities for the past three weeks prior to his arrest on Saturday night.
The suspect looted the car of a shoulder bag with P400 cash and several dollar bills. Seized in his possession were three deformed scissors which he reportedly use in his operation and three plastic sachets of suspected shabu including drug paraphernalia.
Lamsis said Magno seems to boldly operate on his own using a Mitsubishi Lancer as a get-away vehicle. The suspect has already victimized at least 20 cars mostly park in big restos and flush malls in this metropolis since January up to the time of his arrest.
Among his prominent victims include former Iloilo provincial administrator Boy Mejorada whom the suspect victimized of his laptop computer and a service firearm in March this year.
The suspect admitted to have sold the laptop computer to his uncle while the firearm was bought by a former classmate in this city.
The SOG chief said that Magno was detained in 2008 for a similar offense but went on with his illicit activity after his release until he was caught red-handed over the weekend.
Lamsis said that apart from thievery, Magno could also be criminally charged for violations of Section 11 of Republic Act 9165 for yielding shabu at the time of his arrest.