DPW, GES, Hopwood burglarized; attempted burglary at DMS

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FOUR thousand dollars in cash and $2,500 in checks were taken by unidentified individuals from the Department of Public Works accounting office in Lower Base, Department of Public Safety spokesman Dre Pangelinan said.

He added that Garapan Elementary School and Hopwood Middle School were burglarized, and that there was an attempt to break into the Dandan Middle School library.

The theft incident at the DPW accounting office was reported on Monday morning.

Pangelinan said at DPW, responding officers “noticed a gray safe, which appeared to be out of place in the hallway. In a couple of offices the drawers were opened with items scattered throughout the room. As officers made their way toward the accounting office, they noticed that the door knob had been forced open. Within the accounting office all drawers were opened and a specific drawer containing a few checks were pried open. Further investigation revealed that suspect(s) may have gained entry through a second floor window.”

The caller stated that they were about to open the office building when they noticed that the front door was unlocked. The caller also saw scattered items in the office.

At GES, school staff led responding officers to the vice principal’s office where they “noticed tables…that were moved around, with drawers and cabinets left open. A quick inventory was conducted, and items reported missing included a silver power bank, a black charger cable, and a small amount of money taken from the library’s late return fee.”

Over the weekend, 21 temporary classrooms of Hopwood Middle School in Koblerville were burglarized.

Pangelinan said DPS received a call on February 15, 2020 at 5:39 a.m. reporting a theft incident at HMS.

Upon arriving at the scene, police met with the security guard who stated that multiple temporary class-rooms had been cut open.

“According to security, [his] last security walk around was conducted at about 3 a.m., and at that time no tents were damaged. When security conducted another walk around the campus at about 5:30 a.m., [he] noticed a few tents had been slashed open. [He] immediately called for police assistance. When police arrived a total of 21 temporary classrooms were found to be cut open.”

After a quick inventory was conducted by the school staff, the items reported missing included a small amount of money, office supplies, a Sony wireless headphone, and a Samsung A30 cellphone, DPS said.

On Monday, police responded to a report about an attempted burglary at Dandan Middle School.

At about 12:09 p.m., DPS said, police met with school staff who led officers to the entrance to the school library, where the shutters were opened. As the officers approached the library door they noticed a silver knife lodged in between the locks of the door. No items were reported missing as of present time, DPS said.

“If you notice someone who recently acquired a large amount of cash, or the stolen items described here, we encourage you to call 911,” DPS said. “If you would like to remain anonymous please call the CNMI Crime Stoppers hotline at 234-7272. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for any information leading to an arrest.”

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