TWO alleged fences selling online a stolen laptop issued by the Department of Education (DepEd) were arrested in an entrapment operation in a mall in Novaliches, Quezon City.
Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Supt. Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. identified the suspects as Salvacion Marco, 27, and Jellyn Gabito, 30, sales lady, both of Caloocan City.
The report said three DepEd employees assigned at the main office in Pasig City personally appeared to the District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) and reported that the suspects were selling through online a Coby laptop for only P11,000 which is far from its original price of P39,976.95.
Upon verification, the laptop which bore a DepEd logo was confirmed by the employees as the same laptop that was reportedly stolen from a teacher in Tabuk, Kalinga on August 2, 2018.
At 6:30 p.m. on September 7, 2018, an entrapment operation was set by joint operatives of DSOU under Supt. Gil Torralba and Fairview Police Station (PS 5) under Supt. Benjamin Gabriel Jr.
One of the three DepEd employees posed as buyer and agreed to meet with the suspects at the Handrell Store located at the 2nd floor of the Robinsons Place in Novaliches, where the said laptop was displayed.
During the transaction, Gabito presented the blue Coby laptop to the poseur buyer who, upon checking and starting it up, the DepEd Logo appeared which further confirmed that it was the same laptop issued by the department.
The suspects were arrested after they received P11,000 dusted with ultra violet powder.
Meanwhile, three other suspects, identified as alias Ganda/Dan, store supplier, Alberto Galcim, store owner, and Angelo Rabe, who posted the item online are at large and is now the object of a police manhunt.
The suspects will be charged with violation of PD 1612 or the Anti-Fencing Law.