Uber driver caught red-handed selling his boss’ car in QC

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An Uber driver allegedly trying to sell his employer’s car was arrested by the operatives of the Anti-Carnapping Section (Ancar) of Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Wednesday.

Dexter Tiongson, 41, along with his brother Erwin, 46, were caught red-handed in an entrapment operation.

Ancar received a tip on Wednesday morning that a black Toyota Vios was being sold by the Tiongson brothers for P150,000. Ancar’s agents went undercover and met with the Tiongsons at the corner of Malumanay and Mapagsangguni streets, Barangay Malaya.

Meanwhile, Joseph Griarte, a 36-year-old call center agent earlier reported that his car, a black Toyota Vios with conduction sticker VQ3922 was missing. It turned out to be the same that was retrieved from the entrapment operation.

QCPD Director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said that Griarte hired Dexter on June 24 to drive the Vios as an Uber vehicle.

After several days working for Griarte, on June 30, Dexter borrowed the car; claiming he needed it for an emergency and promised to return it right away.

But when Griarte called him later in the evening, Dexter said he could not immediately return the car because his eyes were hurting.

And on the following day, Dexter could no longer be reached on the phone. It urged Griarte to go to the address written on Tiongson’s NBI clearance, but Dexter could not be found there.

During the entrapment operation, the Tiongson brothers presented the car but failed to show proof of ownership.

When interrogated by the cops, they admitted selling the tires to Abel Zamodio, 52.

Zamodio was also arrested in a follow-up operation and was found out to be a car parts dealer.

A spare tire and a mag wheel from Griarte’s Vios were found in Zamodio’s shop.