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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Miah arrested anew, this time for allegedly receiving stolen items

Police arrested Mohammad Jahangir Miah Wednesday afternoon on charges of receiving stolen items from William S. Reyes Elementary School. His bail was set yesterday at $10,000 cash.

Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo, who presided over the bail hearing, said it was his first time in nine years to receive a case charging a person of receiving stolen items.

Michael Ernest, who temporarily served as counsel for Miah, said the police have already arrested the defendant on the same charges.

In fact, Ernest said, Miah had already posted $1,000 bail, yet they arrested him again without any documents just to set a $10,000 cash bail.

Chief prosecutor Peter Prestley pushed for a $20,000 cash bail, citing the suspect’s eight pending criminal cases.

Police detective Alexander T. Sakisat stated in his report that detectives searched the home of Sarijul Islam in Chalan Piao on Sept. 25, 2012, after a witness gave information that Islam was storing stolen items in the house.

Islam was the alleged security guard on duty during a burglary and theft incident at WSR that was reported to police on Aug. 27, 2012.

Sakisat said that during the search at Islam’s house, several stolen items were found in the bedroom and closet.

Islam later told police that the box that contained the Epson projector and other items found in his closet belong to Miah. Miah allegedly asked him to store the items.

Islam also allegedly disclosed that Miah is in the business of buying and selling stolen items.

Sakisat said that a detective was able to verify with an official of the Public School System that a Canon digital video camcorder found in the alleged Miah box was among the items stolen from WSR on Aug. 27, 2012.

In August 2011, Miah pleaded guilty to conspiracy to unlawfully produce driver’s licenses.

His sentencing was postponed several times for various reasons, including his indictment in a case of conspiracy to forge stale CNMI tax refund checks. Miah’s charges in that case were subsequently dismissed.

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