Guam Police Captain On Leave After Theft Allegations

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High-ranking officer implicated in receiving stolen property

By Geraldine Castillo

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Variety Guam, Feb. 12, 2013) – A high-ranking official of the Guam Police Department (GPD) has been placed on administrative leave after being implicated in theft allegations.

GPD spokesperson Officer A.J. Balajadia confirmed that Capt. Kimberly Santos was placed on administrative leave, although he did not say for how long. Santos was the commander for District I.

Santos and three other men were arrested last week in connection with multiple burglaries of an Asan residence. It was through the tracking device on a stolen Apple iPad that led to the arrest of the first suspect, Raymond Leon Guerrero Baza, who then informed investigators he bought the iPad from Bruce Stephen Taitano.

Police learned through Taitano that he had burglarized a residence in Asan on three different occasions. Police then arrested Jesse Anthony Diaz Salanga and Santos.

Santos was charged with theft of property by receiving stolen property, official misconduct, and obstruction of government operations. Balajadia could not disclose any other details of Santos’ arrest because of an ongoing GPD Internal Affairs investigation.

More information would be revealed if the case is brought to court; however, Carlina Charfauros, spokesperson for the Attorney General's Office, said they have not received a police report or any information regarding the arrest of Capt. Santos.

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