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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Case against 2nd suspect in GES burglary also dismissed

Superior Court Associate Judge Perry B. Inos dismissed yesterday the criminal case against Mario O. Sablan in connection with the burglary at the Garapan Elementary School early this year.

Inos dismissed the case without prejudice after the Office of the Attorney General filed Friday a motion to dismiss the complaint. Dismissal without prejudice allows the OAG to re-file a new complaint on the same claim in the future.

Based on the motion to dismiss filed by assistant attorney general James B. McAllister, the request was made after it was determined that the evidence currently in its possession is most likely insufficient to support a conviction.

Sablan and another suspect, John Reyes Jr., were arrested on March 30, 2012, on suspicion of burglarizing several classrooms and storage rooms at Garapan Elementary Schools on March 25, 2012. The burglars reportedly stole over $6,000 worth of equipment and other instructional materials.

Last June, Inos dismissed the criminal case against Reyes after the OAG and Reyes filed a joint motion to dismiss the complaint.

Sablan and Reyes were then charged with burglary, theft, conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to commit theft, possession or removal of government property, and criminal mischief. Both Sablan and Reyes are former staff at the Division of Sports and Recreation.

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