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Home break-in brings two felony charges against defendant

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government has charged a young man with two felonies after he — along with a juvenile — allegedly forced his way into a home in Pago Pago, and stole the homeowner’s belongings, including cash.

Willie Talosaga was charged last week in District Court with second-degree burglary and stealing. Both counts are class D felonies and each count is punishable by not more than 5 years in prison, or a $5,000 fine.

Court documents state that the homeowner discovered his house had been ransacked, and told police that he found in his home, a t-shirt, which he recognized as belonging to the son of one of his employees.

It also states that a 14-year-old boy told police that he and Talosaga had broken into the home and allegedly stole items including a laptop, important documents, and cash.

Police searched for Talosaga and found him at a home not far from the crime scene. When questioned, Talosaga allegedly admitted to police that he and the minor broke into the home and stole items.

He also directed police to an abandoned shack where the stolen items were stored. According to court documents, the items have since been returned to the owner. 

Talosaga is expected back in court next week. It’s unclear if the government will charge the minor.

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