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By Ferdie de la Torre

SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, Nov. 8) – The copper wire thieves in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are getting bolder. Now they are also stealing power meters.

Since last week, police received seven reported theft cases involving electrical wirings (copper) and power meters, according to Department of Public Safety acting spokesman Sgt. Thomas A. Blas Jr. yesterday.

[PIR Editor’s Note: According to PIR news files, the rising incidence of scrap metal theft on Saipan prompted legislation that would require recycling businesses to record and report purchases of these products.]

Blas said residential houses in Kagman, Navy Hill, and Chalan Laulau had been burglarized and electrical wirings and power meters were stolen.

Blas said the latest incident of copper wire theft was reported by an employee of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. on Saturday at 10:25 a.m. The theft occurred at the Old Runway in As Perdido, south of Chico's Auto Shop.

Blas said the suspects cut the power lines from one pole to the other, not far from a water pump station.

Pacific Telecom Inc. also reported that one of their jobsite in Kagman was hit by unidentified suspect/s that cut telephone lines, leaving the community in the area without phone services.

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