Rolex thief signs plea agreement

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Vince Mikel Benito signed a deal with the government pleading guilty to retail theft as a second-degree felony.

The man who stole three Rolex watches from a high-end retailer in 2017 has taken a plea deal with the government.

Vince Mikel Benito signed a deal with the government pleading guilty to retail theft as a second-degree felony.

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As part of the plea agreement, the remaining charges, which include possession of a schedule two controlled substance and possession of a scheduled four controlled substance, have been dismissed.

Benito now faces up to five years in prison, with the court noting that this is his first felony offense. No fines were imposed on Benito as restitution in the case exceeds $10,000.

Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola asked the parties to confirm if the retailer had insurance on the watches.

Benito’s attorney said that two of the three watches were returned.

As part of the deal, Benito will be placed on three years parole. Benito has already served six months on pre-trial detainment which could be applied to credit for time served upon his sentencing.

A sentencing hearing has been set for Feb. 18.

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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.