Ex-MMA fighter arrested for multiple theft

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FORMER mixed martial arts fighter Syl “The Real Deal” Kolin Kaipat Teregeyo was accused of stealing more than $10,000 worth of items from the Chalan Kanoa branch of Dial Rent to Own.

Teregeyo was charged with one count of theft and was brought before Superior Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio who imposed a $20,000 cash bail on Tuesday morning.

Syl Kaipat Teregeyo

Police stated that on Jan. 11, 2020, at 8:17 a.m., they received a theft complaint from the manager of the Dial Rent to Own Chalan Kanoa branch.

The store manager told police that on Jan. 6 he noticed a drill set missing and when he conducted an inventory, he found that other items were also missing.

The manager said he reviewed footage from the store’s surveillance camera and saw Teregeyo taking a drill set behind the counter, placing it in his backpack, and then walking out of the store.

The manager said Teregeyo is the boyfriend of one of the store’s employees.

Police said video footage also showed Teregeyo, on Dec. 9 at 9:30 a.m., taking two Samsung S9+ cell phones worth $529.83 each and an Apple iPad mini worth $408.11.

Later that day, police said the video footage showed Teregeyo coming back to the store and taking an Xbox 1 worth $319.84.

Police said video footage also showed that on Dec. 10, Teregeyo entered Dial Rent to Own and took a Nintendo Switch worth $319.84; on Dec. 13, he took an Android Tablet worth $198; on Dec. 14 he took a DeWalt drill set worth $284.10, and a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 cell phone worth $583.62.

Police said in each theft incident, Teregeyo placed the items in his backpack and walked out of the store.

According to the manager, the missing items were worth $10,757.01, and included laptops, Apple iPads and a silver men’s ring.

The manager told police that he showed the video footage to Teregeyo’s girlfriend who “got embarrassed and just walked away.”

Police interviewed Teregeyo’s girlfriend who said that when she asked him about the items he took from the store, Teregeyo told her that he had already sold them.

In a bail modification order signed on Tuesday afternoon, Judge Kim-Tenorio released Teregeyo to his mother as third-party custodian after she signed a $20,000 appearance bond.

At the hearing, Assistant Attorney General Heather Barcinas appeared for the government while Assistant Public Defender Jean Pierre Nogues represented the defendant.

In a press release statement, the Department of Public Safety said Teregeyo was arrested by police at his residence in Dandan on Feb. 3, 2020 at 2:44 p.m.

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