Man arrested for allegedly stealing package of beef fingers at 2 stores


A man managed to escape after he was allegedly caught stealing beef fingers from a store in Chalan Kanoa on Saturday night, but ended up being arrested later when he tried to steal again the same type of meat at another store in Chalan Piao. It turned out that the two stores have only one manager, who recognized the suspect in the second store incident.

Akira Anton Nedlic, 44, was arrested for theft and disturbing the peace after Police Sgt. Anthony Macaranas responded to the second store, according to court documents.

At a hearing on Monday, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho released Nedlic on $2,500 unsecured bond. Assistant public defender Matthew Meyer was appointed as counsel for Nedlic. Assistant attorney general Shannon Foley appeared for the government.

Police Detective Peter A. Aldan stated in his report that on Saturday at 7:30pm an employee of LN Market in Chalan Kanoa observed upon review of surveillance camera that Nedlic, who had something bulging out from the back of pants, quickly walked out from the frozen goods section.

In the parking lot, the store’s manager stopped Nedlic and asked if he took something from the store. Nedlic denied taking anything, but the manager and the store’s employee noticed that he was hiding beef fingers.

Nedlic took out the beef fingers worth $21.65 and threw it down. The manager told Nedlic not to leave as police were coming.

Nedlic then struggled with the manager and the employee. An unidentified man got in between, causing the suspect to run away.

At 8:30pm that same day, the manager left LN Market to deliver products to Blue Sky Poker/Market in Chalan Piao, where he is also the manager.

While the manager was stocking items on a shelf, he spotted Nedlic by the frozen store taking a package of beef fingers, putting it inside the back of his pants, and quickly walking toward the entrance of the store.

The manager ran after Nedlic and bear hugged him. Nedlic struggled to get away.

A Carolinian man, who was in the area, helped the manager in holding the suspect.

The store staff then called the police and Macaranas later arrived and handcuffed the suspect.

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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