Girl allegedly steals beers, firecrackers


A 19-year-old girl was arrested for allegedly stealing three bottles of Red Horse beer and a pack of firecrackers from a store in Garapan.

Police recovered the three bottles of beer after Janet L. Jones allegedly admitted to stealing the items with the aid of her cousin. The firecrackers were not recovered as Jones and her cousin had already allegedly popped them.

Jones was arrested for assault, assault and battery, theft, disturbing the peace, and minor consuming liquor.

Her bail was set yesterday at $1,750 cash. As part of her bail conditions, Jones is prohibited from having any contact with Saipan Fresh Market, which is owned by missing Chinese businessman Zhi Yuan Li. Preliminary hearing will be on March 10 at 1:30pm.

Assistant public defender Michael Sato was appointed counsel for Jones.

Police detective Therese S. Kintoki stated in her report that two police officers responded to Saipan Fresh Market after receiving a call from Li’s daughter about a theft incident on Saturday at 8:30pm.

The officers learned that Li’s girlfriend and one of the store’s staff chased Jones, who ran to her house in Upper Miha. Before entering her house, the suspect allegedly pushed Li’s girlfriend and threatened to beat her up.

The officer viewed the store’s surveillance camera, which showed Jones taking some items and leaving without paying them.

A police officer then went to Jones’ house and confronted her for smelling of alcohol as she’s still underage.

Jones stated she only took a sip but later confessed to the officer that she stole some items from the store with the help of her cousin. She pointed to the location of the stolen bottles of beer that she hid under a tree south of the Saipan Fresh Market. Police found the bottles of beer.

This was allegedly not the first time that Jones stole items from Saipan Fresh Market.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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