DUE TO GOVT’S ALLEGED FAILURE TO PROSECUTE:

I Love Saipan sues 4 alleged prolific shoplifters

Blaming the government’s alleged failure to prosecute, the owner of I Love Saipan is suing four who are reportedly prolific shoplifters and have been stealing items and harassing store employees.

AC Pacific LLC, which does business as Star Sands Plaza and is more popularly known as I Love Saipan, is asking the Superior Court to issue a temporary restraining order and an injunctive relief to bar Aurelio Ray, Jerry Ramon, Abigail Duenas, and Donavin Chargualaf from entering its stores on Saipan.

AC Pacific, through counsel Mark A. Scoggins, asked the court to prevent Ray, Ramon, Duenas, and Chargualaf from coming within 100 feet of I Love Saipan or any of AC Pacific’s stores.

AC Pacific asked the court to restrain the four from harassing its employees or customers and wants the TRO converted to a permanent injunction.

The company also wants the four held liable to pay AC Pacific damages for their harm to the company’s business.

Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho set a status conference hearing on Dec. 21, 2017.

According to Scoggins, on multiple occasions over the last year, the four have entered AC Pacific stores, taken items, and left the premises without paying.

Scoggins said AC Pacific has notified the Department of Public Safety after each incident and reported the thefts and, each time, AC Pacific has been given “blue cards” and police report numbers and the names of the defendants, but none of them has ever been prosecuted.

Scoggins said that despite the repeated notification of law enforcement, the four continue shoplifting from the stores. They would brazenly enter AC Pacific stores to steal and, when confronted, run out, placing employees and customers at risk of harm of injury.

“Perhaps due to the fact that they have never been prosecuted, defendants have recently begun taunting and harassing AC Pacific staff, and generally behave as if they can act with impunity at AC Pacific facilities,” Scoggins said.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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