Shabbo C. Sablan, a notorious copper wire thief, was arrested again on Wednesday for the same crime.
Sablan, 24, was taken to Superior Court yesterday on charges of burglary and theft for breaking into the former Universal Rental building in Susupe on Aug. 30, 2013, and stealing copper wires.
Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja retained the bail at $5,000 cash.
Police said that two patrol officers responded to the former Universal Rental building on Aug. 30 after receiving a call about a theft incident.
The officers learned that one of the staff of the building saw a man enter the building, take copper wires, and ran away.
During a follow-up investigation on Sept. 3, a detective learned that two witnesses had seen Sablan allegedly break into the building and steal copper wires.
The detective reviewed a video footage taken at the Triple Star Recycling Center in As Perdido dated Aug. 30 and found out it was Sablan who came that day and sold copper wires.
The detective obtained a copy of the receipt indicating that Sablan sold the copper wires to Triple Star for $84.
On Sept. 19, Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo granted the police’s request for the issuance of a search warrant to seize the stolen copper wires as well as receipts or documents pertaining to Sablan’s sale of copper wires at Triple Star.
In August 2011, Associate Judge David A. Wiseman slapped Sablan with a one year in prison sentence for his role in the burglary at the building of Shirley’s Coffee Shop and Restaurant in Susupe in Nov. 2010. The judge, however, gave the defendant credit for the eight months and 11 days he had already served. Sablan’s release schedule was Nov. 15, 2011.
In that Susupe burglary, police recovered copper wires that were already skinned and ready for transport in the generator room of the building.