A truck driver was arrested by the police for allegedly stealing steel bars that he was supposed to deliver in Tondo.
Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director, PCSupt Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. identified the suspect as Edwin Arellano, of legal age, native of Hagimitan, Davao City and residing at M.L. Quezon Ext., Zapanta Compound, Antipolo City. Arellano worked as truck driver of the Cathay Pacific Steel Corporation located in Brgy. San Bartolome, Novaliches since February 2018.
Investigation showed that at about 2:30 a.m., December 22, 2018, Arellano and his helper identified as Jesus Julom, left the Cathay Pacific Steel Corporation Compound supposedly to deliver a truck-load of scrap steel bars in Tondo, Manila.
However, they have not yet gone afar when Arellano instructed Julom to alight and buy cans of beer.
As soon as Julom alighted, Arellano quickly drove the truck to an unknown place leaving his helper behind.
Julom went back to their company and informed his employer about the incident which was immediately reported to the Novaliches Police Station (PS 4).
At about 12:30 p.m., December 25, the suspect texted a fellow driver from the Cathay Steel Corporation that he abandoned the truck somewhere in Guiguinto, Bulacan. Follow-up operatives of PS 4 coordinated with the Guiguinto Police which led to the recovery of the truck, but the steel bars were already missing.
Meanwhile, the suspect who was believed to be under the influence of liquor sent another text message to his fellow driver that he was at the Batangas Port. He was apparently held by authorities of the Batangas Port for his rude behavior.
Follow-up operatives of PS 4 proceeded to the Batangas Port and placed Arellano under arrest. During his arrest, he yielded P155,000 cash which was believed to be part of the sale from the stolen steel bars.
He was brought to PS 4 for further investigation and charged with qualified theft.
PCSupt Esquivel Jr lauded PS 4 for their untiring efforts that led to the arrest of the suspect. He likewise warned the public to refrain from buying dubious or stolen items as they shall be equally held liable for violation of the Anti-fencing Law which is punishable under the Revised Penal Code.