A hungry man burglarized a store at the Northern Marianas College, gobbled some food, then surrendered to the police on Thursday early morning.
Joshua Torres Cruz, 21, was arrested for burglary, theft, and criminal mischief.
Detective Jeffrey I. Norita recommended a $10,000 cash bail in his declaration of probable cause. But Superior Court associate judge David A. Wiseman imposed only $100 cash bail.
At yesterday's hearing, associate judge Joseph N. Camacho was moved by Cruz's acceptance of responsibility and released him on $5,000 unsecured bond.
Camacho appointed the Office of Public Defender as counsel for the defendant.
Arraignment will be on Sept. 17 at 9am.
Detective Norita stated in his report that, on Thursday at 1:27am, a police officer was dispatched to NMC where a man reportedly wished to surrender to police for the crime that he had just committed.
Norita said when the officer arrived at NMC's security office, he met two security guards who made the 911 call and a man later identified as Cruz.
Cruz explained that he wanted to surrender to police for “robbing” the Galaxy Snack Bar.
Cruz then led the officer to Galaxy Snack Bar, where the officer verified the defendant's confession as accurate.
The defendant explained to the officer how he managed to break into the store. He stated that the reason why he burglarized the establishment was because he was hungry.
Cruz admitted he ate some hamburger buns and a cup of chicken kelaguen.
After eating, Cruz proceeded to NMC's security office where he asked the two security guards to call the police because he felt bad for what he had done.
The store conducted an inventory and revealed that only food items were indeed taken.