GUAM AIRPORT OFFICERS ARRESTED IN THEFTS

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HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Mar. 18) - Guam police arrested several airport policemen yesterday on charges having to do with stolen Rolex watches, tampering with firearms and a missing bomb dog.

According to Guam Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Santos, the police department was told by an unidentified airport employee about a theft-of-property case "mishandled by airport police."

On July 11, 2001, Japan Airlines made a theft-of-property complaint to the Antonio B. Won Pat Guam International Airport police department because six Rolex watches that came in as cargo for Duty Free Shoppers were missing, Santos said.

"Through their investigation, (airport police) found the son of a high-ranking airport police officer was one of two suspects," Santos said. "The preliminary officer was told to refrain from forwarding the follow-up investigation to GPD, and was told to send it to the airport police's investigative section, which is nonexistent."

As a result of an investigation conducted by GPD's Government Corruption Task Force, airport police Lt. Carl Vincent Cruz, 36, of Dededo was arrested on charges of hindering apprehension, obstructing government operations, criminal facilitation and three counts of official misconduct, and was booked and confined, Santos said.

GPD corruption task force members, "through their ongoing investigation at the Guam International Airport," inventoried the airport police armory and property sections, and found evidence -- a .380 Lorcin pistol and a .25-caliber pistol -- had been tampered with in the armory.

Also, a Winchester 30-30 rifle, reported stolen in 1995 and confiscated by airport police from an arrestee in 1996, was removed from the airport police property room and found in the armory.

Arrested in that matter was airport police Officer 1 Dean Dereck Delgado, 35, of Dededo.

He was charged by police with theft of property, evidence tampering, guilt established by complicity, criminal facilitation, unlawful transfer of a firearm, four counts of official misconduct and two counts of possession of a firearm without a firearms ID, and was booked and confined, Santos said.

Santos said a K-9 bomb dog named Rex was donated to airport police in 2002 by the Global Academy in San Antonio, Texas, a dog-training facility.

Rex was supposed to be trained by the airport's canine unit, and monthly training progress reports were to be forwarded to Global Academy, Santos said.

"Investigations found there has been no training," Santos said, noting that the dog -- worth $11,000 -- was last seen in January at the kennel at Andersen Air Force Base.

Guam police arrested airport police canine handler Officer 1 Billy S. Raphael, 32, of Yigo, but Santos could not say on what charges.

After Raphael's arrest, Rex was recovered at the house of airport police Lt. Pete C. Daga, 42, of Agafa Gumas, the former chief of the airport police.

"He's fine, he's healthy," Santos said of the bomb dog. "Rex has been returned to the custody of the airport police."

Daga was then arrested, but Santos could not say on what charges.

March 18, 2003

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