Cannibalized carnapped car in Butuan City found infront cockpit abandoned by car thieves
by Ben Serrano
November 28, 2010

            BUTUAN CITY (PNA) - The carnapped Toyota Vios model 2004 was finally found cannibalized infront Octagon Cockpit in Purok 3, Barangay Bading, Butuan City early dawn Saturday, a day after car thieves stole it from Shell Gas Station in Ochoa Avenue corner J.C. Aquino this city.

            Police said the car is now at the custody of the Butuan City Police Station 1 or the Butuan City Central Police Office.

            Police said they found the car parked at the side of the road fronting Octagon Cockpit in Barangay Bading stolen noon Friday by car thieves already cannibalized or valuable items inside it were all stolen.

            It can be recalled that last Friday noon, said silver colored Toyota Vios model 2004 was carnapped at Shell gasoline station after the driver who forgot to lock the doors and turned off the engine went to nearby ATM booth to withdraw money.

            The car’s driver Sonny Boy Neriquita Buar, 43, married and resident of PN Roa Subdivision, Cagayan de Oro City reported to Butuan City Police Office that he forgot to turn off the car’s engine and locked the doors of the car after he went to an ATM withdrawal booth located just across the Shell gasoline station.

            He said he forgot to have money to pay the gasoline boy the reasoned why he went to the ATM booth of PSBank to withdraw cash but when he returned, his driven car was nowhere to be found.

            Buar told Butuan City Police investigators that valuable items worth thousands of pesos were also inside the car like one unit CPU computer Pentium dual core card, assorted eye and ear medicines, account jackets of different clients, one bag with assorted clothing, coverage bag and other important documents.

            Butuan City Police initial investigation claimed the car was registered to certain Dr. Mario H. Cerilles also a Cagayan de Oro City resident. Buar was only driving the car the time it was carnapped on a business trip.

            Police investigators said the car has plate number KCX-447, engine number INZ-X139513 and chassis number MR053HY42-04073943, model 2004.

            In 2008, series of carnapping incidents hit Butuan City victimizing mostly single motorcycles and SUVs parked at Gaisano Mall located at J.C. Aquino Avenue.

            Some were solved but others remained unsolved where stolen vehicles are nowhere to be found until now.

            Police on the other hand had promised to investigate the incident. (PNA/Ben Serrano)