Veterans Affairs Says Cemetery Thief Should Help Maintain Grounds As Punishment

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Guam- 22 year old Jonathan Roy Santos has been charged with burglary and theft of property in connection with the July 1st theft at the Veterans Cemetery maintenance building in Piti.

According to the Magistrate’s complaint, Santos’s aunt told police officers her nephew burglarized the cemetery after she saw him using a red chainsaw and other power tools. She became suspicious when she read media reports of the burglary.

However, Guam Veterans Affairs Administrative Assistant Cindy Gogo says what was recovered was their small maintenance vehicle called a “Red Mule” and an empty 5 gallon gas can. While 3 bush cutters, 2 air blowers, a chain saw and other tools are still missing, she believes Santos is the first link in recovering their stolen items.

“Unfortunately, there are still some missing items that have not been recovered” said Gogo. “But nevertheless, for what we did get back, you know, the biggest loss that we could have had was the mule. We’re happy about it. And it’s just sad that such a young kid had to do something like this. It affected a lot of people.”

Gogo also believes part of Santos’s punishment should be to help clean and maintain the Veterans Cemetery, instead of just having him sit in jail. While police are still investigating the case, anyone with more information is asked to call Guam Crime Stoppers at (671) 477-HELP.