The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library was targeted by thieves twice in a matter of months. 

In April, the library’s typhoon shutters were stolen. The library later found it at a recycling center. In June, someone cut the fuel lines and stole gas from their Bookmobile and Technology Mobile Express vehicles. 

Erlinda Naputi is the library director and has worked at JKPL for over three decades. 

“And we've seen minor incidents, you know, but this by far is the worst that I've encountered working here and being the director. I don't know if I should be disappointed or saddened,  It's just disheartening that our people are so desperate to attack the library,” said Naputi. 

The library’s surveillance cameras caught the moments of the June incident, appearing to show a truck picking up the gas containers.  

The Department of Public Safety says they’ve identified a suspect in the stolen shutters case. The June incident remains under investigation. 

The library has this message for those responsible.

“If these people that are out here, listening who, you know, people that did this to the library that is out there listening, please come into the library. There are ways that we can help you better your lives. We have free resume class. We have free resources that you can use. We have free access to the internet where you could probably find, you know, help or seek help if, be it, mental health challenges or whatever it may be, just needing to just better your lives. The library is here to help. That's what we're here for,” she added.