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Cabbie, cohort run away with OFW’s money, gadgets, held

  • Written by Edd Reyes
  • Published in Metro
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AUTHORITIES arrested a taxi driver and his cohort for failure to return a huge amount of foreign
currencies and gadgets left in his vehicle by the returning overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in
Valenzuela City.

Ferdinand Millesa, 50, and Miguelito Garcia, 43, both of Bible St., BSOP Compound, Bgy.
Karuhatan, were arrested the other day by operatives of Valenzuela Police Community Precinct (PCP) 9
after they refused to return the items and money placed in the bag owned by Elmore Bayot, 50, of
1686 Doribert Compound, Padrigal Ext., Karuhatan, which was left in a cab driven by Millesa.
    
Investigation conducted by PO2 Mark Gil Bolanio of Valenzuela Theft and Robbery Section
showed that the victim was brought by Millesa, who was driving a Rodailyn taxi (WOT-361), to his
house last Sunday afternoon from Pasay City and left without taking out his bag containing different
gadgets worth about 565 dirhams, 6,000 cash dirhams, US$2,450, P15,000 cash, Philippine passport and
plane ticket from the trunk.
    
The victim immediately requested their barangay officials for the review of the footages of
their CCTV where he saw the body markings and plate number of the taxi, prompting him to proceed to
the garage located at BSPO Compound.
    
During confrontation, Millesa said he had no knowledge of the missing bag and claimed that
he already conveyed two more passengers who asked him to bring them to Cubao but he refused to
accompany the victim to the place where he dropped off his passenger.
    
Rousing suspicion, Ba-yot reviewed again the footage of Bgy. Karuhatan CCTV and found that
the suspect did not convey any passengers as he claimed.
    
With the assistance of operatives of PCP-9, Millesa was arrested and pointed to Garcia as
the one who possessed the bag of the victim.
    
During a follow-up operation, Garcia was arrested but only the victim’s passport, plane
ticket and ID pictures were recovered. Edd Reyes with Meg Brian Lopez (OJT)