Defendant faces up to 5 years in prison for stripping parts from a stolen vehicle

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Guam –  A Superior Court jury convicted Jenner Ngiraibuuch on Monday, April 22 for stripping parts off a 2017 Tacoma Truck found along the Okkodo pipeline.

“Before you take parts off a car, you need the permission of the owner – even if the car appears abandoned,” said Prosecuting Attorney Jeremiah Luther. “The best way to avoid getting into trouble is to call your local police station and ask if the vehicle has been reported stolen.”

The Tacoma was stolen from a local contractor while he was replacing tiles at the Micronesia Mall. About a month later, police were investigating a separate crime and came upon the defendant and another man driving away from the truck. Parts of the stripped truck were in the car with the defendant.

He was convicted of the third degree felony and acquitted of the petty misdemeanor charge. He will be sentenced on July 9, 2019, and faces up to five years in jail.