Thursday, Nov 1, 2007
On October 29th, Joseph Elibosang, 24, who was charged with stealing bronze panels from a park memorial, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Guam to theft of government property, destruction of a veteranâs memorial, and conspiracy to transport stolen goods in foreign commerce. Sentencing is set for January 28th. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorneyâs Office, District of Guam and Northern Marianas Islands. The charges stemmed from last summerâs theft of 34 bronze panels from the memorial, which were then sold to a local recycling company and shipped to Hong Kong. The replacement cost of the panels has been set at approximately $85,000. The panels were etched with the names of U.S. servicemen who died liberating the island of Guam in 1944 and the indigenous Chamorros who were killed and suffered war atrocities between 1941 and 1944. Elibosang was also charged in Superior Court of Guam with theft by receiving stolen property and crimes against the community. Agencies participating in the investigation included the Office of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Guam Police Department, Crime Stoppers (Guam), Office of the Attorney General (Guam), FBI, Department of Customs and Quarantine (Guam), Hong Kong Customs, U.S. Attorneyâs Office for the District of Guam, and National Park Service rangers and a special agent.