Man allegedly tries to steal generator from storage room


A man was caught allegedly trying to steal a generator from a house’s storage room in Chalan Piao during a gathering on Thursday night.

Vincent S. Muna, 29, was arrested for burglary and attempted theft.

At a hearing yesterday, Superior Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio increased Muña’s bail from $11,000 cash to $20,000 cash.

Police reports state that a police officer responded Thursday at 8:37pm to a theft incident at a house near Clean Laundry in Chalan Piao. When the officer arrived, he saw two men holding Muña in front of a house’s garage.

The house’s owner told the officer that he and his friend caught Muña trying to steal their generator.

The house’s owner showed the officer the generator, which was three feet from the trunk of Muna’s Toyota Camry.

During her interview with Muña at the Department of Corrections on Friday, police detective Catherine B. Pangelinan stated that Muña claimed he was at the Chalan Piao residence to look for a friend.

Muña said he backed up his car toward the house’s storage.

Pangelinan said that, according to Muna, when the house’s owner found him, he was standing in front of the garage and that the generator was next to his car’s trunk.

The house’s owner told police that he and his wife had a gathering with friends at their house and that they were using the generator to light up their garage, but he placed it inside the storage room so it won’t get wet and be secured.

While in the garage, they noticed the light in the garage was flickering so his friend went to check the generator in the storage room.

The victim’s friend came back and told him to get a flashlight because the generator was missing. They followed the extension cord that was pulled out from the storage room’s front door and found the generator still running located three feet behind Muña’s car trunk.

The victim said Muña was standing next to the generator.

The victim said he and his wife borrowed the generator from a friend just for that night’s gathering.

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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