Car thief arrested as stolen car stalled

A suspected car thief was arrested by the police when the vehicle he allegedly stole suddenly stalled because it is equipped with an anti-carnapping security feature, which the suspect did not know how to operate.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Supt. Joselito T. Esquivel Jr. said the suspect, identified as Ariel Laurente, 41, of 166 Tolentino St., Bgy. San Antonio, Quezon City, reportedly confessed of being addicted to electronic sabong or cockfighting via online gaming.

A report gathered from the Galas Police Station (PS 11) said that at about 12:50 a.m. yesterday, the suspect flagged down a taxi (WOW-632) driven by Rommel Lorilla along Quezon Ave. corner Cordillera Street.

The suspect told Lorilla to convey him to 9 Agno St. to fetch his companion. Upon arrival in the area, Laurente told Lorilla to press the doorbell because his foot was aching, his companion was reportedly waiting inside the house.

Lorilla said that as soon as he alighted from his taxi, Laurente drove the taxi away.

However, after driving a few meters away, the taxi suddenly stopped. The suspect tried to re-start the engine but failed because it was equipped with an anti-carnapping security feature which he did not know how to operate.

Lorillo reported the incident to Galas Police Station  which arrested Laurente.

The suspect told investigators that he had just lost from an E-Sabong so he stole the taxi.