Judge dismisses bakery theft charge

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Shawn Santos was captured on surveillance footage entering the Mama Tita's bakery in Santa Rita on Dec. 3.

A man accused of theft and burglary will only be facing charges in two of the three incidents he was implicated in as Superior Court Judge Jonathan Quan has thrown out one of the charges.

Shawn Santos was captured on surveillance footage entering the Mama Tita’s bakery in Santa Rita on Dec. 3, according to court documents.

The video referenced in the complaint shows a man entering the establishment twice, first entering without being noticed and sneaking around while watching an employee work at the kitchen table before exiting the bakery.

In another clip, Santos is seen entering the establishment for a second time while the worker was preoccupied at the sink. He then grabs an object from the table before leaving the bakery. Employees from the bakery said that he took a receipt bag.

Court documents state that a picture of the man from the surveillance footage was shared through media and resulted in a woman identifying the man as Santos.

But when the Attorney General’s Office charged Santos with theft as a petty misdemeanor for the bakery incident, it was thrown out by Judge Quan who dismissed the charge without prejudice citing a lack of probable cause.

This means that unless the offense is re-charged by the OAG, Santos will only face theft and burglary charges related to a case reported in Agat in which he is accused of taking a cellphone and a bush cutter.

While the complaint describes a third incident occurring in Mangilao on Dec. 13, it does not charge Santos. He was held on $5,000 cash bail.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.