A visibly exasperated Ramon B. Camacho appealed Tuesday night to the public to give law enforcement authorities information about Sunday’s burglary at the Chalan Kanoa Kiosku.
The burglary comes only a couple of months after the Department of Public Safety and the Saipan Neighborhood Watch in Chalan Kanoa and Susupe launched a program at the site to increase police presence in the two villages, which DPS Commissioner James C. Deleon Guerrero acknowledged are the crime capitals of the islands.
Camacho, chairman of the Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council, said an employee discovered the burglary at the Kiosku storage room on Sunday morning, Oct. 13. Missing were a Craftsman leaf blower, a Kawasaki bush cutter, and a Shindaiwa weed cutter.
“One bush cutter was donated by Car Quest and cost about $700. The other bush cutter was purchased under the Municipal Council and it costs about $500. The gas blower costs about $400,” said Camacho.
He said the burglar or burglars most probably came from the backside of the Kiosku. He said the Kiosku couldn’t afford a security guard to man the $500,000 memorial to the island’s leaders.
What infuriates Camacho more was that the burglars also vandalized the signage in front of the Kiosku. When Saipan Tribune passed by the memorial yesterday, the graffiti was already painted over.
“We are really trying out best. This time I would like to appeal to the community. I think we need a strong community support and let’s work together and apprehend these burglars. Criminals won’t do this in front of the authorities. But with the assistance of the community they can serve as their eyes and ears and get the information to us,” said Camacho.
He said he first contacted DPS whose officers came down and investigated the area. Later, he contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation since the money used to build the Kiosku was federal funds.
Camacho said he will work closely with the two neighbors of the Kiosku—Car Quest and Kevin’s Store—to prevent the burglary from happening again.
He said he also visited a number of pawnshops Tuesday to see if their items had been pawned off.
The NMI Crime Stoppers is also seeking the public’s help for the burglary and theft incident.
In a statement yesterday, it said an employee opened the locked door to the storage area on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at about 7:30am and discovered the break-in.
The estimated amount of the stolen equipment is over $1,700. The sliding glass window to the storage room was broken and used as the point of entry of the suspect or suspects. The storage was secured the day before at about 5pm.
DPS said there was evidence left at the crime scene of muddy footprints, handprints on the walls, and broken sliding glass window with blood on it. Evidence shows the suspect or suspects scaled the southern wall to the memorial, gaining access into the compound and possibly cutting themselves on the broken window, leaving blood evidence.
DPS and Crime Stoppers need your help. Contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 234-7272 should you want to remain anonymous or use our website at www.nmicrimestoppers.net Crime stoppers pays up to $1,000 for any information leading to an arrest. It pays to call. (Mark Rabago)