Church is damaged in burglary attempt


While all of Saipan and other islands were coping with floods brought by Tropical Depression 17W, the San Jose church was facing its own challenge as the latest victim of an attempted burglary.

The Department of Public Safety informed Saipan Tribune that they received a 911 call in the early evening hours of Sunday and officers dispatched to the scene found visible damage to the church that included the front-door glass and signs that someone tried to break into the church.

Nothing was found missing, though, based on the church’s inventory, said DPS spokesperson Adrian Pangelinan.

According to a police report, somebody at the church dialed 911 shortly after noticing damage to the church’s front door. Saipan Tribune learned that the church currently has no designated priest due to the ongoing shuffle of parish duties.

Saipan Tribune tried to obtain more comments from Bishop Ryan Jimenez about this case but he has yet to respond as of press time.

No suspects have been identified or seen from eyewitness reports and the case is still ongoing. Pangelinan said that DPS urges the public to call 911 if they have any information regarding this case or call the CNMI Crime Stoppers program at (670) 234-7272 for anonymous tips.

Marc Venus | Reporter
Marc Venus is the Saipan Tribune's public health and education reporter. He has an associate degree in Applied Sciences in Computer Applications and is working on his bachelor’s degree at the Northern Marianas College. Contact him at

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