A man charged in federal court with theft of mail is accused of breaking and entering two different homes before attempting to use a stolen credit card at the Gucci store, a Superior Court magistrate complaint has said. from Guam.
Adrian Paul Quintanilla Cruz, who was charged with mail theft in Guam District Court on Tuesday, allegedly broke into a residence in Tumon on April 18, according to the complaint.
The man told police he woke up to see a light on in his bedroom, but pretended to be asleep because he was scared. The resident then discovered that items including a backpack, wallet, Bose headphones, iPhone 11, Gucci sunglasses and credit cards were missing the following morning, according to the complaint.
Over the weekend, Cruz reportedly opened at least 27 mailboxes in two days at Mailbox Service, a commercial mail-receiving agency in Dededo.
According to local court documents, Cruz opened the mailboxes with what appeared to be a screwdriver and removed the contents of the boxes after manager Joo Ko viewed surveillance footage. Mailbox damage totaled approximately $140.
After the two break-ins to the Mailbox Service, Cruz allegedly broke into another in Yigo and took $20,000 worth of trading cards, jewelry, and a wallet containing credit cards, which were found missing by residents, according to the complaint.
Cruz was apprehended by police on Monday after attempting to use one of the credit cards stolen from the Yigo residence of the Gucci store in Tumon. Police also find checks taken from PO boxes in Cruz’s possession, the complaint states.
During a police interview, Cruz said he was driven to Yigo to inspect the post office boxes when he noticed that a door to Yigo’s residence was unsecured, causing him to brought to take a bag and a wallet to the residence. Cruz said he used the stolen credit card at the Gucci store, according to the complaint.
Cruz was also questioned about the April 18 burglary at the Tumon Residence and said he noticed an open window before entering the residence and taking personal items and credit cards. He also said he managed to hack into a Venmo account belonging to another person and tried to change the mailing address to his own, and tried to open a bank account with documents taken from Tumon’s home, but without success, according to the complaint.
As for the PO boxes, Cruz said he broke in and kept the mail with checks and “threw away” letters he didn’t need, according to the complaint.
Cruz was charged with two counts of burglary, fraudulent use of a credit card and eight counts of criminal mischief.