AFTER two car break-ins and the use of stolen credit cards, a suspect was arrested last week after police were able to trace him through a contact number provided in some of the unauthorized purchases he made.
Enrique Aguon Quinata Jr., 29, is accused of using credits cards belonging to two victims whose cars were broken into, just four days apart in late May.
The first victim, whose car was parked outside the Hafa Adai theaters in Tamuning on May 22, reported that a window was broken in his vehicle. He later found out that his backpack containing a checkbook and check cards belonging to him and his wife was missing.
The victim was notified by the bank that several transactions had been made at some restaurants and a flower shop. Both the victim and police made inquiries at some of the establishments and were provided a contact number left by the suspect. It was later confirmed that the contact number belonged to Quinata.
Meanwhile, the second victim reported that her vehicle was broken into while parked at the Royal Orchid Hotel on May 26. One of the items stolen was the victim’s gold work bag containing the passports of her children, social security cards and other items.
Police apprehended Quinata in a room at Hunters Inn on May 30. At the time of Quinata’s arrest, police discovered drug paraphernalia and a military backpack which contained credit cards belonging to the victims.
In a later investigation, police questioned the recipient of the flowers that were purchased with one of the stolen credit cards. The recipient denied knowing who gave her the flowers but acknowledged knowing Quinata, Superior Court of Guam documents stated. The recipient added that Quinata contacted her on May 29, inquiring whether she would be at work that afternoon.
Quinata was charged yesterday in Superior Court with identity theft; two counts of theft by receiving; fraudulent use of a credit card; and two counts of theft of property.