Surveillance camera catches 2 burglarizing PIC office


A surveillance camera allegedly caught on tape a jobless 32-year-old man and a male juvenile opening several lockers at the Pacific Islands Club in San Antonio and stealing two iPhones last March 8.

Edwin Omar was arrested and taken before Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho last Friday for a bail hearing on charges of burglary and theft and criminal mischief. A $15,000 cash bail was imposed on Omar. Preliminary hearing will be on March 22 at 1:30pm.

A police detective also recognized the juvenile suspect because of the minor’s previous criminal records involving theft cases. The case against the juvenile has been sealed.

Police said that Omar confessed after his arrest, disclosing that his juvenile companion smashed the two iPhones because he could not open the password lock.

The first victim lost his pink iPhone 6S worth $450, a silver 18-inch chain 925 necklace valued at $150, and his driver’s license. The second victim lost his black iPhone 5 worth $400.

Police responded to a burglary and theft incident at PIC last March 9 and met a security guard, who showed the surveillance footage of two males burglarizing lockers at the SEA office.

The officer viewed the footage and immediately identified Omar and the juvenile.

Later that day, the officer met with Omar and invited him to the Department of Public Safety’s police substation in Chalan Kanoa.

Omar allegedly said it was the juvenile’s idea to break into cars at PIC to make some money.

Omar said they only managed to enter one car as all were locked, but did not get anything.

Omar said they went behind the PIC building, where he acted as a lookout as his juvenile companion started going through the lockers at SEA office.

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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