A 53-year-old man pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that he received a stolen electric fishing rod that belonged to the Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Thomas Coleman, through counsel Michael Evangelista who showed for limited appearance for another lawyer, waived reading of the information and advisement of his constitutional rights.
Coleman pleaded not guilty to an information charging him with one count of receiving stolen property.
Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja set a status conference for April 2, 2013.
According to the information, between Dec. 19, 2011 and Dec. 11, 2012 on Saipan, Coleman purposely received or retained a stolen property-an electric fishing rod belonging to the Division of Fish and Wildlife.
No other details were provided in the charging document.
In January 2012, the Department of Public Safety disclosed that the Division of Fish and Wildlife was burglarized twice over a weekend and that an estimated $20,000 worth of items were stolen.
Among the stolen items were three fishing rods.