The string of incidences involving break-ins and thefts on motor vehicles in and around Koror in the last few months came to an end with the arrest of, and filing of criminal charges against, an individual named Christopher Corona aka Tobal Corona.

After more than a dozen vehicles parked at different locations were broken into and properties stolen, detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) undertook a massive investigation to solve these crimes and to bring the perpetrator(s) to justice. Such investigation led to the apprehension and arrest of Mr. Corona.

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On 30 August, 2017, the Office of the Attorney General filed criminal charges against Mr. Corona in connection to some of these vehicle break-ins and thefts incidences. The criminal charges states that Mr. Corona intentionally or knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a motor vehicle, without being invited, licensed, or otherwise authorized to enter or remain in the vehicle, with the intent to commit a crime against a person or against property rights, namely, Theft, in violation of 17 PNC § 2609. This offense is classified as a Class C Felony, punishable by one to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000. Mr. Corona’s case is now proceeding through the courts.

The Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) wishes to thank members of the public for their help in solving these cases. The BPS further asks the public to continue to help fight crimes by reporting them or any suspicious activities to the police. With the public’s help, we can make our community safer. [/restrict]