JOHN Daniel Delos Santos, 22, has been arrested for stealing $10 from a vehicle and taking three bags of ice from a store in Koblerville without paying for them.

On Monday, he appeared before Superior Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio who imposed a $20,000 cash bail on the defendant.

Previously, bail was set at $5,000 but the judge increased the amount after learning that the defendant is a danger to the community.

Delos Santos was charged with theft, burglary and theft, and disturbing the peace.

Witnesses told police that they saw Delos Santos opening vehicles in front of a tailoring shop on April 7, 2021.

Witnesses said Delos Santos opened a red Mazda sedan, and got in. He then "went over to a white van and tried to open it but failed so he got into a black sedan."

One of the vehicle owners later told police that the $10 in her vehicle was missing.

At the ABCD Market on the same day, Delos Santos entered the store without a face mask, “dropped his money on the cashier’s table and calmly said, ‘Give me six-pack of beer b***h.” But the cashier did not want to sell Delos Santos anything.

He got angry and used his t-shirt to cover his face, but the cashier still refused to sell him beer.

Delos Santos then started shouting. As he exited the store, police said he took three bags of ice from the ice box outside the store without paying for them.

When the store owner asked Delos Santos why he was taking the bags of ice, the defendant threw them back into the ice box but all three bags fell on the ground.

The arresting police officers noted that Delos Santos had a strong odor of alcohol.

At the hearing, the court appointed Assistant Public Defender Vena Seelam to represent Delos Santos while Assistant Attorney General Heather Barcinas appeared for the government.

Delos Santos was remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections and was ordered to return to court for a preliminary hearing on May 12, at 10 a.m. and on May 18 at 9 a.m. for his arraignment.

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Bryan Manabat studied criminal justice at Northern Marianas College. He covers the community, tourism, business, police and court beats.

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