A man who was among five people arrested in connection to a string of robberies and burglaries in 2018 pleaded guilty in the Superior Court of Guam on Wednesday.

Joseph Peter Cabrera Pangelinan pleaded guilty to theft as a third-degree felony before Judge Arthur Barcinas.

His co-defendants also have entered into plea deals with the government.

Though Assistant Attorney General Christine Tenorio objected to defense attorney John Morrison's request to have Pangelinan's house arrest conditions lifted pending sentencing, Judge Barcinas granted the request and set a 6 p.m. curfew for Pangelinan. 

Pangelinan faces up to two years in prison, according to the plea agreement.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 30, 2020.

String of robberies

In March 2018, Pangelinan was arrested – along with Franklin Peter Mendiola Aldan, Clarence Glen Aldan, Doris Ann Soriano Deleon Guerrero and Eddie John Cruz III – in connection to a series of robberies and burglaries reported around the island.

Clarence Aldan admitted that he was an accomplice in an attempted armed robbery at the 24-hour Game Time game room in Tamuning on Feb. 4. He identified Pangelinan as the man wielding a rifle in security camera footage, court documents state. The doors to the game room had an automatic locking system preventing Pangelinan from entering.

Investigators linked Pangelinan's co-defendants to other incidents, including the theft of a motor vehicle in Dededo, a robbery at the Verona Resort & Spa, a robbery at the Alupang Sunset Garden Condominium, a theft at Pay-Less in the Micronesia Mall, a motor vehicle theft in Yona, and a robbery at Oh Maganda Karaoke Lounge in Dededo Mall, Post files state.

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