by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Police arrested a Yigo man in connection with a major theft case that they believe may have resulted in a local company losing close to a million dollars in cash and products. Byran Keith Taitano was arrested this afternoon on 21 counts of theft of property. The Guam Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division Property Crimes and Government Corruption Unit investigated the case and conducted a search warrant at Taitano's home this morning.
They were looking for vending machine keys, currency bags, and a Coca-Cola chiller that was recovered at his home. Police say Taitano and at least two others allegedly falsely reported a master key for the vending machines missing. Instead, the individuals are accused of going to vending machines around the island, stealing the money and replacing the products in the machine with products stolen from the foremost warehouse. Police say the theft scheme had been going on since 2008.
More arrests are pending.