Man in theft case leaving jail for drug treatment program

WAILUKU – A man whose crimes were attributed to his drug addiction is to be released from jail after about four months on Thursday to enter a residential drug treatment program.

Travis Carvalho, 28, of Wailuku also was placed on five years’ probation as part of his sentence Wednesday.

He was sentenced as a first-time drug-related property offender in connection with the theft of a pickup truck and burglary of a Kahakuloa house May 8.

“You have everybody in your corner,” 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo told Carvalho, whose mother and aunt were in the courtroom gallery. “You just got to buckle down, listen to your family, listen to your attorney, listen to your probation officer.”

Carvalho had pleaded no contest to unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, two reduced counts of second-degree burglary, second-degree theft and resisting an order to stop a motor vehicle.

He was arrested after police identified him as the driver of a stolen Toyota pickup truck that had been reported to be staking out houses in the Cliffs of Kahakuloa neighborhood. When officers went to investigate the report, they saw the truck in Waihee and the driver tried to evade officers by going into old macadamia nut fields, police said. When the truck was found, its bed contained property stolen from a Kahakuloa home.

Carvalho was arrested along with another man who had been a passenger in the truck, police said.

In court Wednesday, defense attorney Evans Smith said that Carvalho needed money for drugs as his drug use increased while he was “self-medicating to cope with his problems.”

“It was part of an unproductive lifestyle,” Smith said.

Carvalho is now motivated to get treatment, he said.

Carvalho was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.