Aquarium burglarized during storm

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Owner Peter Yen says this is not the first time that the aquarium has been broken into.
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As many island residents sought shelter from the storm, it appears that several individuals took advantage of the storm’s approach to carry out a crime as a store owner reported to police that his aquarium shop was burglarized.

Aquarium technician Mikey Fagalmed was first to arrive at Peter’s Aquarium in Harmon this morning when he noticed that a hole was cut through the chain-link fence and the heavy-duty door’s lock had been pried open.

“When I came in, I noticed that the camera was off so I checked for the camera system and it was taken. Then, I kept looking around and I saw that one of the aquariums was taken. I also noticed our generator was taken and I checked some of the systems and there was one fish that was taken,” Fagalmed said.

He added that two generators were stolen. The generators were an integral part of ensuring that the aquarium life remains unharmed during power outages, keeping them alive. The burglars made off with an exotic Indonesian fish called a Giant Gourami worth over $300 to a fish collector. But according to the store’s owner, Peter Yen, that’s not all they took.

“They did take our coins, our loose change coins and our syringes, medication application syringes. Total estimate … everything … maybe about $3,000,” Yen said.

This is not the first time the establishment has been broken into. The last time was also during a storm, but Yen says what the perpetrators took and didn’t take may indicate that they had knowledge of the establishment’s layout.

“I think they are really taking advantage of the storms to hit places. Looking at what they took and what they were after. Like our last hit was just our tools were taken. But this time, they were after aquarium fish so I am pretty sure it’s a different set of people. And this time they really went through our items and took the syringes but not the tools,” Yen said.

He is asking the community to be on the lookout for the stolen items and to call police with any information about the burglary at 472-8911.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.