Man allegedly steals cell phone


A 34-year-old man was arrested in Koblerville on Monday for allegedly stealing a cell phone worth $850 from an employee of a construction company.

A surveillance camera’s footage of Benigno Muna Sablan allegedly led to his identification, according to police detective Iris K. Rangamar.

On Tuesday, a $10,000 cash bail was set for Sablan’s temporary release; preliminary hearing is on Nov. 25 at 9am.

Assistant public defender Tillman Clark was appointed as counsel for Sablan. Assistant attorney general Shannon Foley appeared for the government.

Rangamar stated in her report that a patrol officer responded to 5 Star Builder’s Construction in San Antonio last Oct. 31 after a woman reported that her cell phone had been stolen.

The victim told police that she was getting ready to go to the Department of Labor in the afternoon of Oct. 31 when a man, later identified as Sablan, walked into their office, asking for her boss. The victim told Sablan that her boss was in a meeting. Sablan then explained that he was selling a 5-gallon bucket of paint. The victim called another staff to check on the paint. The staff and Sablan went outside the office. Later, the staff told the victim that Sablan left after he told him that they have enough paint.

When the victim was in her car and was about to make a phone call, she noticed that she didn’t have her phone. She went back to her office but could not find the phone. She reviewed the surveillance camera’s footage and found out that Sablan took it.

Last Nov. 3, two detectives reviewed the footage in which they saw Sablan, wearing a white shirt with “D&G” printed on the front, with dark pants and a black baseball cap, walk into the office. Sablan then allegedly picked up a cell phone off the victim’s table and placed it behind his back. (Ferdie de la Torre)

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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