Man allegedly burglarizes aunt’s house


Police arrested in Kagman on Thursday a 32-year-old man who allegedly burglarized the house of his aunt and stole a box of breakfast cereals, two packs of cookies, and eight cartons of milk.

Joaquin R. Kaainoa was arrested for burglary and theft.

Police said Kaainoa confessed during an interview last Nov. 27 to burglarizing his aunt’s house last Nov. 26 at 11pm while his aunt and family were asleep.

At a hearing on Friday, Superior Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio imposed $11,000 cash bail for Kaainoa’s temporary release.

Preliminary hearing will be on Dec. 9 at 9am.

Assistant public defender Nancy Dominski was appointed as counsel for Kaainoa. Assistant attorney general Bobby Glass Jr. appeared for the government.

Police detective Harold K. Wabol stated in his report that he responded to a residence in Kagman 3 last Nov. 27 where the burglary happened.

Wabol said that, according to the victim, when she returned home from church she noticed that the purse she left on the couch was open and the contents were scattered on the couch.

The victim went to the kitchen, where she noticed that a box of Rice Krispies and two packs of Oreo cookies were missing from the counter.

She suspected that her nephew, Kaainoa, was responsible for the burglary because her husband caught him in the back of their house last October.

Wabol said last Nov. 27 he met with Kaainoa, who confessed to burglarizing the house while his aunt and her family were asleep.

The suspect was then arrested.

Wabol said the victim’s daughter disclosed that last Nov. 27 to 28 during midnight hours she saw from her bedroom a flash of light toward the living room. The daughter heard the refrigerator in the kitchen open and close but that she was too scared to move or check.

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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