Tourists’ rental vehicle is burglarized at Tank Beach

Seventh time for the company to be victimized by burglars

A car rented by a family of tourists was burglarized yesterday afternoon at Tank Beach in Kagman, causing the owner to express disappointment as it was their 7th vehicle to be burglarized at the same beach this year.

The Chinese couple said they lost $2,000 cash, two iPhones, and one camera. The couple were sightseeing at Tank Beach with their 2-year-old son when their rented car, a 2014 Camaro, was burglarized in the parking lot of the beach.

It was another group of tourists in the area that told them that their car had been burglarized.

The Camaro’s front passenger side window was shattered and the canopy was also cut, possibly with a knife.

Witnesses said there were three suspects but only one got down from a car and burglarized the tourists’ vehicle. The burglar was described as wearing a light blue shirt and dark blue short pants.

“It’s a shame. We’re here for a few days of vacation and this thing happened to us,” said the husband, who claimed that he’s been to many places but this was his first time to become a victim of burglary.

Aside from losing their money and other items, the husband said that QQ Car Rental also asked them to pay $4,000 for the damage to the car because it was apparently not covered by insurance.

When Saipan Tribune asked QQ Car Rental president James Han to explain why the couple are being made to pay $4,000 when they’re the victims in the case, Han said he will lower the amount to $1,000. Han said the canopy is very expensive.

Han said they have been telling their customers not to leave money or items inside the car because that will not be covered by insurance.

Han also appealed to police to arrest these burglars, whom he believes are the same persons who victimized their customers at Tank Beach.

The tourists arrived on Saipan on Monday. They were scheduled to fly back to China tonight, Thursday.

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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