Man sentenced in theft in Kuau

WAILUKU – A Haiku man was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service for the theft of a mini dirt bike from a Kuau garage last year.

Johnny Bailey, 22, was given a chance to keep a conviction for unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle off his record if he complies with court requirements for the next five years.

He was ordered to pay $118 in restitution for damage to the dirt bike.

The Honda 50-cc mini dirt bike was stolen the afternoon of Aug. 31. A few hours later, family members of the owner located the bike being operated by Bailey in Kahului.

Although Bailey at first denied being involved in the theft, “it was pretty obvious since you were found by the witnesses riding this vehicle,” 2nd Circuit Judge Richard Bissen told the defendant in court Wednesday.

Bailey eventually admitted to stealing the dirt bike, Bissen said.

Bailey had pleaded no contest to unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

In giving Bailey a chance to keep the conviction off his record, Bissen said Bailey has no prior criminal record and was employed.

Asked about a report that he smoked marijuana twice a week, Bailey said he hadn’t used the drug since October, when he tested positive for using it.

Bailey was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs as part of his sentence.