Chamorro Village burglarized a third time; $21,000 worth of jewelry stolen

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Susan Byler, owner of Micronesian Jewelers, woke up at around 3:45 am this morning to an alert that someone had gained entry into her establishment using a tire iron to pry open the shutters and smash the glass window.

The Chamorro Village has been targeted for a third time by opportunistic thieves and this time they made off with about $21,000 worth of jewelry. PNC visited the crime scene this morning, noting that the burglar gained entry through a window.

Susan Byler, owner of Micronesian Jewelers, woke up at around 3:45 am this morning to an alert that someone had gained entry into her establishment using a tire iron to pry open the shutters and smash the glass window.

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“When I came into the store, there was jewelry scattered throughout. They even took trays of rings and they tried to take trays of bracelets. All the trays were dumped and taken away. So far, because the police asked me to give a list of items and the value of it, so far it’s over $21,000,” Byler said.

The suspect was caught on surveillance camera outside and within the shop. Byler said the break-in may have been premeditated as the individual was wearing gloves and a mask. She says a crowbar was left behind and GPD took it as evidence.

This is not the first time businesses at Chamorro Village have been targeted since March. Over a dozen shops were targeted in two other incidents.

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“It’s enough struggle for us here and for the store that I work very hard to be broken into … it makes me feel just violated. And then security-wise, you know we could do better at Chamorro Village,” Byler said.

She added: “Hopefully, at least security-wise, they will help and make sure the tenant feels safe. At this point, we don’t feel secure and lot of tenants are very angry and I don’t blame them.”

Shop owners at Chamorro Village have raised their concerns since the first break-ins back in March. Byler says Chamorro village management’s response was “there isn’t money to increase security with guards.”

No arrest has been made in any of the burglary cases.

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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.