Quezon City Police District Director PBGen. Nicolas Torre III announced the arrest of two suspects for buying and selling stolen cellular phones yesterday in Quezon City.
The District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) under PLTCol. Rolando Lorenzo Jr, identified the suspects as Elias Anarig, 29, of Brgy. Commonwealth, Quezon City and Esequiel Alcarion, 39, of Brgy. Pasong Tamo, Quezon City.
Lorenzo reported that in the afternoon of October 4, 2022, DSOU operatives received an information from an anonymous caller, informing that some of cellphone stalls inside the Commonwealth Market are engaged in the buy and sell of stolen cellular phones, which is a rampant illegal activity in the said area.
Acting on the report, Lorenzo dispatched DSOU operatives to the area to conduct surveillance operation to verify the veracity of the report.
While on their way to Commonwealth Market, the team saw a woman hysterically asking for help because her cellular phone was stolen, prompting the police officers torespond immediately.
Said operatives together with the victim, boarded a private vehicle and while traversing along Commonwealth Avenue corner Villongco Street in Quezon City, the victim saw Alcarion walking and pinpointed him as the one who took her cellphone.
The DSOU operatives discreetly followed the suspect who entered an alley of Commonwealth Market and went into a cellphone stall owned by suspect Anarig. Operatives saw suspect Alcarion selling the victim’s cellphone to Anarig and after handling the payment to suspect Alcarion, the police officers then approached both suspects and effected their arrest.
Recovered from suspect Alcarion was the payment for the stolen cellphone while recovered from the cellphone stall of suspect Anarig was the victim’s stolen cellphone and 28 more units of assorted cellphones.
Lorenzo said suspect Alcarion will be charged with theft while suspect Anarig will be charged for violation of P.D. 1612 or the Anti-Fencing Law before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office.
PBGEN Nicolas Torre III lauded the DSOU operatives for their quick response on the report of the concerned citizen.
“Pinapaalalahanan ko muli ang ating mga kababayan na mag-ingat po sa mga kawatan. Kung maaari, huwag gumamit ng cellphone sa mga pampublikong lugar sapagkat dito naglipana ang mga magnanakaw.” he said.