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Juvenile arrested for theft of alcohol in Garapan, Saipan Print E-mail

On Monday, January 20, 2020, at about 4:15 a.m., the CNMI Department of Public Safety received a 911 call reporting a theft complaint at a 24-hour business establishment located in Garapan, stating that the suspect was still inside the establishment. Police were dispatched to the scene.

At about 4:20 a.m., a patrol unit arrived at the establishment and met with one of the employees, the employee stated that the suspect just fled the scene and is hiding in the neighboring building. The witness told police that the suspect was using a black polo and khaki colored long pants. A few police officers went over to conduct a quick search as another officer questioned the witnesses. After a few minutes officers found the suspect matching the description hiding in an alley way.

Witnesses in the establishment told police that the suspect walked into the establishment and headed straight for the alcohol section, the suspect grabbed a bottle of vodka and began consuming it. The witnesses in the establishment told the suspect that he could not do that. The suspect then walked towards the bag of chips section before opening one bag and fleeing from the store.

When police questioned the suspect, the suspect stated that he walked around the village, looking for vehicles with unlocked doors, to look for money before going into the store. Officers later found that the suspect in this case was a minor, he was then brought to the Commonwealth Health Care Corporation (CHCC) before being transported to the Department of Corrections (DOC) where he was booked and detained.

The CNMI Department of Public Safety reminds the public to secure your vehicle and to remove any valuables from the vehicle before leaving it unattended. If you see a suspicious individual looking through a vehicles windows or trying to get into a vehicle, please don’t hesitate and call 911 to report it. If you would like to remain anonymous please call the CNMI Crime Stoppers hotline at 234-7272.">afety - All Rights Reserved