Bail increased for suspect in bank robberies

Bail has been increased to $220,000 for a man suspected of robbing banks in Kihei and Pukalani.

Kristopher Sharrott, 40, of Pukalani is being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center. He is charged with two counts each of first-degree robbery, second-degree theft and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

The most recent bank robbery occurred Feb. 23 at the Bank of Hawaii branch in the Kihei Safeway store. Police said a man approached a teller at 1:57 p.m. with a note demanding money, then fled after obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police had been looking for Sharrott in connection with the robbery investigation when Kihei Criminal Investigation Division detectives executed a search warrant at his residence last week and reported finding evidence linking Sharrott to the robbery. At the residence, police reported finding an Audi that had been stolen Feb. 14 from the Harley-Davidson store in Kahului. The car was sprayed with black primer.

Sharrott wasn’t at the home when police carried out the search. He was arrested Thursday evening after a brief foot chase at his house. Police reported finding another stolen vehicle at the residence when Sharrott was arrested.

The other bank robbery occurred shortly after noon Jan. 24, 2013, at the Pukalani branch of First Hawaiian Bank on Makawao Avenue. At the time, police said the robber brandished what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun and passed a note to a teller demanding money. The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.