Chamorro Village businesses burglarized anew

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Police officers are shown questioning tenants in the Chamorro Village after another spate of burglaries hit the area over the weekend.

Over the weekend, several businesses at the Chamorro Village were broken into and burglarized. PNC visited the scene Monday morning, speaking with the burglarized establishments as GPD processed the scene for fingerprints.

At least five businesses on the north side of the Chamorro Village were targeted by opportunistic thieves over the weekend. But this is not the first time these businesses have been targets. In March, at the beginning of the business shutdown order, burglars ransacked a number of tenants at Chamorro Village. However, no arrests were made.

PNC spoke to one business owner who wishes to remain anonymous. The merchant believes that the same people may be responsible.

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“They actually went through the back door and I think this happened either Saturday night or Sunday night because we were here Saturday in the afternoon and everything was fine. It was only today that I was called by the office that someone broke into the shop today,” the merchant said.

“Right now I am very disappointed, upset, and angry I guess. The first time, I was like okay, they need it because of the pandemic, maybe they need the money. They need something to eat. But this time to do it again at the same place! I think that’s just too much. It’s not of need, its destruction to the community,” the merchant added.

Business owners shared that there once was a security camera monitoring the area where the businesses were targeted. That camera was removed without explanation to business owners. It was also shared that the criminals knew which businesses were vulnerable and those that didn’t have surveillance cameras.

“What the Chamorro village can do is provide more security for the place. Because this is not the first time that it happened. They know we have people coming around so put more security in the area, especially now. The thing is, we are paying for rent and we don’t receive any assistance because of the place that we’re in. And again, it really hurt our pocket,” one tenant who asked not to be identified said.

LMY Clothing and Souvenirs was also targeted but the criminals were not able to get through. This was the second time this business was targeted.

Elaine Austria said: “It’s very upsetting, especially since they’re taking advantage of the pandemic and the fact that people aren’t really here.”

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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.