Two habitual offenders who burglarized a company and stole various sizes of copper wire tubing and a hammer drill were each sentenced on Friday to a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
At a change of plea hearing on Friday, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho said that Christopher R. Ayuyu and Julian Muna Sablan will serve their sentences without the possibility of parole or early release.
Ayuyu, 38, and Sablan, 24, were each given credit of five months and 24 days for time served.
The two were ordered to jointly pay $7,507.21 in restitution to Chong’s Corp.
Ayuyu and Sablan, through their respective counsels, pleaded guilty to theft as part of a plea deal.
Assistant attorney general Nicole Driscoll appeared for the government and recommended the maximum sentence.
Camacho said that Ayuyu and Sablan are repeat offenders with numerous criminal records for just about every year as far back to 1993 (Ayuyu) and 2004 (Sablan) for such crimes as burglary.
“Copper wire thefts are essentially damaging to public and private property. Criminals destroy worth of property for just a handful of dollars when copper wires are sold as scrap metal,” said Camacho during separate sentencing of the defendants.
He said law-abiding citizens of the CNMI cry out for justice against the plague of thefts, burglaries, and robberies.
“The can be no justice without the appropriate punishment,” the judge said.
According to court papers, on March 7 to 8, 2013, Ayuyu and Sablan stole various sizes of copper tubing and a Bosch hammer drill valued at $7,507.21 from Chong’s Corp. on Saipan.
Wang Hong, a 40-year-old man who allegedly purchased some of the stolen items and tried to sell rolls of copper tubing, was also charged with receiving stolen goods. He cooperated with the Office of the Attorney General and in exchange the OAG had his case dismissed.
The case was solved after police detective Roque K. Camacho received an anonymous call that three men went to Triple J. Recycling Center in As Perdido on March 8 to sell rolls of copper wires. The center did not buy the copper wires since the three men had no identification cards.
Camacho reviewed the surveillance camera at the center, leading to the identification of the defendants.