Facebook helps catch carjacker

Posted at 04/19/2012 6:49 PM | Updated as of 04/20/2012 6:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Police used social network Facebook to capture a suspect who stole a car from his own employer.

Senior Superintendent Ronald Estilles, chief of the Manila Police District directorial staff, said police used the social network to invite suspect King Philip Reyes on a date.

Law enforcers then arrested the suspect at the agreed meeting place in Cubao, Quezon City Wednesday.

"Magdadate sila, pumayag naman. Hindi niya alam panay pulis ang kasama,” Estilles said.

Estilles said Reyes stole a Honda City at his employer’s home in Bonifacio Global City earlier this month after his boss went abroad. Not content, Reyes also encashed some of his employer’s cheques, totaling P300,000.

"Nag-encash siya ng mga cheke na walang paalam. Hindi pa nakontento, kinuha pa niya ang kotse,” the police official said.

Reyes admitted to the crime but denied that he was caught after agreeing to a date with a Facebook pal. He said the stole the car and the checks because he needed money.

He said he agreed to go on a date to get money from his Facebook friend.

"Nangangailangan na ako. Wala na talaga akong pera. Gutom na ako,” he said.

Police later found the stolen vehicle in Tondo, Manila.

Reyes is set to face criminal charges in Taguig. Report by Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News