Man charged in two bank robberies

A suspect in a bank robbery last weekend in Kihei has been charged with that robbery as well as another bank robbery that occurred last year in Pukalani.

Kristopher Sharrott, 40, of Pukalani was charged Friday night with two counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, police said. He was also arrested on a warrant for second-degree theft, with his total bail set at $29,000.

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. Kihei Criminal Investigation Division detectives reported finding evidence linking Sharrott to the robbery when police executed a search warrant at his residence Tuesday morning. Also seized in the search was an Audi that had been stolen Feb. 14 from the Harley-Davidson store in Kahului, police said. The car was sprayed with black primer.

Police reported recovering another stolen vehicle when patrol officers arrested Sharrott on Thursday evening after a brief foot chase at his house.

The Pukalani bank robbery that Sharrott is charged with 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.