Scott ex-boyfriend arrested in unrelated case

The ex-boyfriend and person of interest in the murder investigation of Carly “Charli” Scott was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree burglary in a case unrelated to the woman’s disappearance, police said.

Steven Capobianco, 24, was being held at the Wailuku Police Station late Monday afternoon with bail set at $10,000, police said.

The burglary case occurred between Sept. 18 at about 4 p.m. and Sept. 19 at about 11 a.m., said Maui police spokesman Lt. William Juan on Monday. A burglar or burglars rummaged through items at a residence on Eono Place in Haiku, with a Dell laptop computer, valued at $200, and a 20-inch Macintosh computer, valued at $1,400, removed from the home.

Tires on one vehicle at the residence were deflated and slashed on another vehicle. Damage was estimated at $800, Juan said.

The female victim told police she had been holding the computers for a friend, who was out of town, and that the only person who knew of their location besides herself and the owner was Capobianco, Juan said. She would later tell police that some jewelry had been stolen.

On Feb. 25, the victim told detectives, following up on another unrelated case, of the stolen computers and her missing jewelry and that she suspected Capobianco, Juan said. Two days later, police searched Capobianco’s residence, unrelated to the burglary case, and detectives discovered a computer and jewelry possibly belonging to the victim.

She later identified some of the jewelry as hers; the computer belonged to Capobianco, Juan said.

The unrelated search involving Capobianco was not part of the Scott homicide case, he said.

Police arrested Capobianco around 11:30 a.m. Monday.

The family of Scott responded to the news of Capobianco’s arrest on the “Find Charli Scott” Facebook page, saying “the wheels are turning.” While noting that the arrest was not related to the Scott case, Scott’s family thanked police officers for their hard work on the arrest and with the investigation into Scott’s disappearance.

Scott, 27, of Makawao, who was 5 months pregnant, was last seen Feb. 9 at her sister’s residence in Haiku. Family members said that Scott left the house to help Capobianco, whose car had broken down in Keanae. After initially designating Scott’s disappearance as a missing person case, police have since reclassified it as a homicide investigation.