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Twin brothers admit to burglarizing tourist van

TWIN brothers Anthony Laatman Muna and Vincent Laatman Muna have pled guilty to burglarizing a tourist van at the Grotto in Marpi.

According to court documents, on April 25, 2018, Vicente Muna burglarized a van belonging to Saipan Adventures.

Anthony Muna drove Vicente Muna to Grotto where Vicente Muna broke into the van by throwing a rock through a window, and then took cell phones and personal items belonging to tourists and the tour operator.

When Vicente got off the van, Anthony drove him from the scene.

After their arrest, the Muna brothers confessed their involvement in the burglary, and assisted police by giving information that led to other suspects who committed purse snatching-type robberies in Garapan.

“This information proved valuable in solving these unrelated robberies,” the plea agreement added.

Superior Court Judge Wesley Bogdan on Thursday accepted the defendants’ guilty plea.

Vincent Muna was represented by court-appointed attorney Mark Scoggins while Anthony Muna was represented by Assistant Public Defender Jean Pierre Nogues.

Assistant Attorney General Samantha Vickery, who appeared for the government, requested the court to schedule a restitution hearing for the defendants.

According to the plea agreement Anthony and Vicente Muna will be sentenced to five years imprisonment all suspended, and will be placed on probation for five years.

Both defendants will be jointly liable for payment of all restitution to the tour operator in an amount to be set in a restitution hearing.

The sentence will run con-currently to the sentence imposed in a separate case, for which Anthony and Vicente Muna each received three years for an attempted robbery and hit and run.

On June 8, 2018, the Muna brothers attempted to snatch the purse of a tourist, but ended up hitting her with their car.