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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, March 16, 2018
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GPS tracks fake cop
BY SHIELA G. GELERA

 

A man, who posed as a police officer was nabbed through the Global Positioning System (GPS) of the vehicle he rented and allegedly carted away,in a school in Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City, at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Bacolod nabbed the suspect, identified as Michael James Vargas, 29, of Barangay Singcang-Airport in Bacolod, Senior Police Officer 3 Ramiro Gocotano, field investigator of CIDG-Bacolod, said yesterday.

Vargas was nabbed on the complaints of Joseph Yanson, to whom the suspect owed a total of P170,000, and Marielle Takamatsu, the owner of the vehicle that the suspect rented but failed to return, Gocotano said.

He said Vargas identified himself as SPO4 Michael James Vargas, a member of the Philippine National Police, when making transactions.The suspect was previously a confidential asset of CIDG but his license was not renewed two years ago, as he was suspected of engaging in illegal activities.

Yanson complained against Vargas for borrowing P120,000 and P50,000 on February 6 and 22, respectively, from him. He said Vargas gave alibis that he could not pay because his money was held by the Armed Forces and Police Savings and Loan Association Inc. at Camp Crame, Gocotano said.

Later, Takamatsu also reported to the CIDG-Bacolod that Vargas, who rented a vehicle and deposited only P10,000, failed to return it after his 41-day contract and also failed to pay the balance of P51,000. He also cut contacts with Takamatsu when the latter asked for the vehicle and the payment, Gocotano said.

Vargas was nabbed in an entrapment operation in a school in Barangay Tangub, where he was waiting for his girlfriend, who could have been the suspect’s next victim, Gocotano said.

He said Vargas had already taken the original land title of his girlfriend, who worked as a teacher.*SGG

 

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