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Calistro Crisostomo charged with burglarizing tour van

THE Office of the Attorney General has charged Calistro A. Crisostomo, 36, with burglary, theft, and criminal mischief.

On Sept. 12, 2019 at 4 p.m., the AG’s office said Crisostomo shattered a side window of a tour van at the Grotto to burglarize it.

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Calistro A. Crisostomo, right, is escorted by a CNMI court marshal to a courtroom for a bail hearing on Wednesday.

However, the tour van driver caught Crisostomo, whose upper body was still bent in through the shattered side window.

Crisostomo was surprised and dropped two bags from the van as the driver approached him.

The bags are owned by tour company customers and contained personal belongings and foreign currencies.

Crisostomo drove away in a silver Toyota Rav 4, but the van driver gave the police its plate number.

The driver described the suspect as about 5’10, tall, slim, with short hair and was wearing a red shirt, military long pants and black shoes

Police traced the vehicle’s registered license plate and learned that the vehicle is owned by BF Rental in As Lito. The company told police that Crisostomo rented the Toyota Rav 4.

Footage from BF Rental’s video surveillance showed Crisostomo in the same attire renting the vehicle.

DPS said at about 11:41 a.m. on Tuesday, its detectives arrested Crisostomo in Lower Base and transported him to the Department of Corrections where he was booked and detained.

At the bail hearing on Wednesday, Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan imposed a $40,000 cash bail on Crisostomo despite the objection of his defense counsel.

Assistant Public Defender Jean P. Nogues said the bail should be reduced to $5,000 or at the alternative, the court should appoint a third-party custodian for his client.

But Assistant Attorney General J. Robert Glass Jr., who appeared for the government, said the $40,000 bail amount should be maintained, adding that Crisostomo has outstanding bench warrants for traffic citations.

Judge Bogdan said the hearing would continue Wednesday afternoon for the proposed third-party custodian as he quashed the traffic citation bench warrants except for one which he scheduled for an arraignment for Thursday, Sept. 19.