The five were arrested between late Thursday and early Friday and were believed to have been repeatedly engaged in pilfering jet-A1 fuel from a fuel supplier that keeps its stock inside the airport.
Senior Supt. Joselito Salido, chief of Aviation Security Group said they had been conducting surveillance since October last year and finally made an arrest Thursday after three persons were caught carrying out from the airport drums of aviation fuel.
The three persons were aboard a white Hyundai pick-up truck (YGZ-303) and had just gone out of Gate 2 when they were intercepted by the airport police at around 10:45 p.m., Salido said.
They were later identified as Patrick Santillana, an aeronautics student and a resident of Barangay Casili, Mandaue City; Lowell Guitguit, of Tuburan town in Cebu; and John Mar Caray, of barangay Casili, Mandaue City.
Santillana was the truck driver and the two were his helpers. Ten drums were found on the truck, seven of which were filled with fuel.
The three upon questioning admitted that their accomplices included an employee of the fuel company and a security guard assigned to the airport’s Gate 2.
By early Friday, police arrested Dennis Quistoy, a blue guard from the Mustang Security detailed at the airport’s Gate 2 and a resident of Soong II, Lapu-lapu City; and Shajid Niez Hafeel, an employee of Safe Air Corp. and a resident of Basak Cabreros, Cebu City.
Salido said it was Hafeel who allegedly facilitate access to the fuel while Quistoy supposedly made sure they got in and out of the airport’s premises undetected.