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Old police documents apparently burned

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Instead of taking it to the landfill or recycling, burning in the back of the former chief of police's office in Tiyan. Evidently that's how the Guam Police Department decided to get rid of old documents.

A tip into the newsroom led us to Tiyan where we found piles of partially burnt documents that were left, pages blowing in the wind while bags of evidence clearly labeled with case numbers are lying around water logged and empty. 

Guam Police Department Spokesperson Officer A.J. Balajadia confirms officers recently disposed of a number of old boxes, some that were roach infested and others that simply contained administrative documents such as contractual supplies and equipment requests be shredded. The boxes were found as officials are trying to complete the move to the other side of Tiyan. Some of the items that were intended to be destroyed included evidence bags. 

Balajadia is adamant that no evidence was actually destroyed explaining that the items were disposed of properly, in some cases returned to their owners.  He adds the bags were simply to be burned.  The department contends officers used a drum to burn the items that are now strewn around the lawn behind the former chief's office.  Balajadia adds that since this recent burning incident, instructions have been given for police to collect the items that are to be disposed of and transferred to crime lab for proper disposal there.

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