Police arrested Saturday one of two men who allegedly stole $876 from a poker machine's cash box inside an arcade in western Garapan.
Mariano O. Sablan, 66, was arrested on a warrant for theft. His bail was set at $5,000 cash.
It was not clear as of press time yesterday whether the second suspect, Primo Don Ogarto, was still at large.
Police detective Rick Reyes stated in his report that a police officer was dispatched to the U-Luck Poker in western Garapan on Sept. 28, 2012, at 4:13am for a theft case.
When the officer arrived at the poker arcade, an off-duty firefighter met him and claimed that he witnessed the theft.
A review of the video footage at the arcade allegedly showed Sablan opening the money box for the poker machine and taking out the money. Ogarto was also seen in the surveillance footage.
Reyes said the then off-duty firefighter told him that he was at U-Luck Poker and had asked Sablan how to use the machine since he does not know how to use it.
The firefighter said that after playing his $2, he moved away from the machine and just watched others playing. That was when he allegedly saw Sablan opening the machine's cash box and taking out the money. The firefighter said that Ogarto helped Sablan secure the cash box. The two then left.
The firefighter then informed the arcade's security guard about the incident.