Florist burglarized 4 times

Police release video footages of 3 suspects

The flower shop at the Cabrera Center in Garapan, Design Florist, has been burglarized at least four times since last November, believed to be perpetrated by the same group of persons.

An employee told Saipan Tribune yesterday that Design Florist has been burglarized “like every two weeks” since the third week of November 2016, yet no one has been arrested.

NMI Crime Stoppers coordinator Jason Tarkong yesterday provided footage from a surveillance camera that showed three men, with their faces covered, burglarizing Design Florist last Jan. 29.

Tarkong said the three suspects appear to be in their early twenties or less in age.

He described one suspect as medium-built and wearing a hooded sweater, a pair of short pants, a pair of flip-flops, and with a bushy wig covering his face.

The second suspect was described as skinny, wearing a T-shirt, a pair of shorts and slippers, with his face wrapped with a T-shirt.

The third suspect was described as short, skinny, shirtless, and wearing a pair of shorts, a pair of lip-flops, and his face also wrapped in a T-shirt.

Tarkong said the suspects went inside the office on the second floor of the building, where they stayed for few minutes, stealing several liquor bottles and a Wilton Brown ukulele valued at $400.

Tarkong said the Design Florist owner, a 58-year-old local male, showed the officers last Jan. 29 at 9am footage of a video surveillance that was recorded earlier.

The video footage showed three male suspects with their faces covered entering the office.

Tarkong said the establishment has been repeatedly burglarized in the last few months.

Last Jan. 15, the suspects stole an HP computer system valued at over $2,500.

The Department of Public Safety and Crime Stoppers are seeking the public’s help for information about the three burglars.

In the latest case, a Design Florist employee said the suspects broke the square glass of the door in the office, located in the back portion, giving them entry to the place.

She said the suspects stole items in the flower shop on the first floor and in the office, chapel, and showroom for caskets on the second floor.

The suspects took several brass crosses, each measuring about 12 inches tall, with gold and silver color, but left them on the stairs.

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

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