Ex-worker accused in YMCA break-in

A former Maui Family YMCA employee broke into the nonprofit’s Kahului location on three separate occasions before being arrested Thursday morning, police said.

Kyle Arakawa, 30, of Kahului was released from custody at the Wailuku Police Station after posting $3,000 in bail. He was charged with three counts of second-degree burglary.

The first incident allegedly occurred the night of Oct. 20, when police responded to an alarm triggered by Arakawa after he used a hammer to smash open a small safe at the facility, police said. Inside the safe were $100 and keys to the building. The items were stolen.

The second incident occurred Wednesday when Arakawa allegedly broke two glass doors at the building and stole another $100 from a safe inside, police said.

The final incident was reported at 5:15 a.m. Thursday when a female employee arrived and found the rear glass doors shattered, police said. Employees reportedly reviewed surveillance footage of the break-in and identified Arakawa from his mannerisms and movements.

When police located Arakawa at his residence on Puhako Street, he denied his involvement, police said.

However, when officers found a baseball bat inside Arakawa’s car that appeared to be damaged by glass, he confessed, police said.