Tip leads to arrest of bank robbery suspect

A man suspected in a bank robbery Sunday in Kihei was arrested Thursday evening by officers acting on a tip from the community, police said.

Kristopher Sharrott, 40, of Pukalani was being held on a $5,000 warrant charging him with second-degree theft in an unrelated case.

Police had asked for the public’s help in locating Sharrott in connection with the investigation of the robbery Sunday afternoon at the Bank of Hawaii branch in the Kihei Safeway store.

The robbery occurred at 1:57 p.m. when a man approached a teller with a note demanding money, then fled after obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Police reported finding evidence linking Sharrott to the robbery when a search warrant was executed Tuesday morning at his residence.

After receiving information at 6:08 p.m. Thursday that Sharrott was seen in the Pukalani area, patrol officers went to his last known residence in Pukalani.

When the officers arrived, they noticed activity in the house. As the officers cautiously approached the home, Sharrott ran out of the house and was caught after a brief foot chase, police said.

As of Friday afternoon, Sharrott had not been charged in the bank robbery, police said.