MANILA - Police raided two houses in Bacoor City, Cavite on Friday morning following reports these were being used as “chop shops” for stolen motorcycles.
Several motorcycles, some with missing parts, were parked outside the gate of the first house. Motor parts and accessories were also scattered inside the house.
The owner, identified as Jay Ar Velasco, said he has been working as a mechanic for 14 years now.
“Wala naman akong ginagawang masama...Naipon nang naipon ang mga lumang piyesa,” Velasco told ABS-CBN News.
“Ibang pumapasok, sabi andami naman niyan, parang katayan. Sabi ko, wala naman akong maano diyan, pinaglumaan na. Kahit kailan, 'di ako gagawa ng masama. Marangal po ako,” he added.
In the second house, police arrested 21-year-old George Mendoza, who was the subject of a search warrant.
Mendoza explained he works as a part-time mechanic.
“Nag-aaral ako at bilang sideline, dagdag income, nagmemekaniko ako, five years na. Bata palang ako, hilig ko na yan,” he said.
But both suspects admitted they had no permit to operate their respective motorcycle shops.
“Itong pagawaan ng motor, wala nang business permit. Dahil sideline ko lang siya, 'di na namin kinuhanan,” Mendoza said.
Supt. Vicente Cabatingan, chief of Bacoor City Police, said based on their surveillance and intelligence monitoring, the two shops were actually warehouses for stolen motorcycles.
“Meron tayong isang nahuli na minor, siya mismo nagreveal na may katayan dito ng motor. Nagkaroon ng validation sa lugar...Bumibili sila ng mga nakaw na motor,” said Cabatingan.
A total of 17 motorcycles were recovered in the operation. These lacked necessary documents, such as certificate of registration, original receipt and deed of sale.
The suspects allegedly bought the stolen motorcycles for P6,000 each. They would then dismantle the parts, construct the modified bikes, and sell them at a higher price.
“Kung ang halaga ng motor is P50,000 to P70,000, tapos P6,000 lang pagbili, ang laki ng tubo nila. Binabaklas kaagad nila,” Cabatingan said.
“Nagkaroon ng test-buy, nakabili tayo ng spare parts. Then ang tao natin ay inalok nila na kapag makadala ka dito ng motor, pwede nila bilhin P6,000 lang,” he added.
The suspects will be charged for violation of the Anti-Fencing Law.
The police also has leads on the identities of the thieves supplying the motorcycles to the suspects.
Cabatingan said these include minors believed to be behind the series of motorcycle thefts in the province of Cavite and the city of Las Piñas.