Police officer pleads not guilty to stealing snacks

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A police officer who has been accused of stealing snacks at a local gas station has pleaded not guilty to the charges yesterday.

Police officer Koji Maurice Taisacan, 29, through his lawyer, Charles McDonald, pleaded not guilty before Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan.

McDonald waived the formal reading of Taisacan’s rights, the charges against Taisacan, and Taisacan’s right to a speedy trial.

McDonald also asked for discovery for the materials the prosecution has to charge Taisacan with.

Bogdan set a status conference in Taisacan’s case on July 17 at 9am.

According to the allegation, Taisacan took candy bars and drinks, with a value of less than $250, from a Shell gas station in Susupe without paying for the items on June 12, 2018.

Office of the Attorney General’s Robert Glass, who represented the government, said that the charge of theft is punishable by up to five years imprisonment with a fine of $5,000.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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