2 suspected burglars arrested


Police officers assigned at a Garapan substation responded to a report of a burglary-in-progress at a car rental company and caught two men who stole three drilling tools and ran into a bushy area near the establishment yesterday morning.

A source said the burglary happened at a car rental company behind the fire station in Garapan at about 5am.

Saipan Tribune confirmed with the owner of Micronesia Rent-a-Car that their storage room had been burglarized and three drilling tools worth $700 in all were stolen.

The owner commended the police officers for immediately arresting the suspects and recovering the tools.

As of 3pm yesterday, there was no bail hearing yet at the Superior Court for the two suspects.

Saipan Tribune opted to withhold the suspects’ name until they are taken to court.

The source said the company’s surveillance video caught one suspect running out from the establishment carrying the stolen power tools.

The Micronesia Rent-a-Car owner said he was sleeping inside his room in the establishment when the burglary happened. When he went outside, he noticed that the storage door’s room was open. He then found that someone had just entered the storage room as the air-conditioner from the outside of the storage room was pushed in to gain entry into the room.

The owner then called the police. Police officers from a nearby koban, or substation, responded to the scene and arrested two men hiding in the bush at an abandoned building just across the Micronesia Rent-a-Car.

Last year, a bicycle was stolen from the same company.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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