The Mt. Carmel High School building in Chalan Kanoa was burglarized twice in a nine-day period and several items were stolen from the students’ lockers.
Acting Mt. Carmel president Kathleen Keiko Yamagata confirmed yesterday with Saipan Tribune the two burglary incidents—the last time only on Sunday and the first time was during the weekend of Sept. 7 to 8.
“It’s disappointing that individuals behave in this way,” said Yamagata, who has been the acting school president since Wednesday.
The Department of Public Safety has yet to release information to the media about the two cases.
Yamagata sent out yesterday a letter to inform the parents and guardians of their students about the two cases.
In the first incident, the suspect or suspects entered the high school building and stole several items from the students’ lockers. At the junior high school building, the burglar or burglars smashed one classroom glass door and stole several items from that room.
Yamagata said school personnel discovered the vandalism on a Monday, Sept. 9, and immediately reported it to police.
The school submitted to DPS its inventory of all stolen items and advised the students and teachers not to leave any valuables in their lockers or classroom.
That same day, the school contracted the services of a security company to provide a daily 12-hour security personnel at school from 6pm to 6am.
Yamagata said that unfortunately, the burglar or burglars struck again on Sunday, Sept. 15, during the daylight hours of 6am to 6pm.
The suspect or suspects broke into the high school building, stole several items from the students’ lockers, and smashed three glass windows to enter three classrooms.
Yamagata said no other classrooms or offices in the junior high or elementary building were vandalized.
“The teachers and students are conducting an inventory, and all items reported missing will be forwarded to DPS,” she said.
Yamagata told Saipan Tribune that these burglaries are very costly in many ways as aside from items being stolen, students’ time were used up for the inventory, and the investigation process and follow-up investigation also take time.
Yamagata said they’re looking at other measures right now to address the problem.
“We have to make a decision on what else we need to put in place to safeguard our properties, facilities, and investments,” she said.
No other burglary at Mt. Carmel School was reported this year and last year.