Bail in burglary case stays at $16K

WAILUKU — Bail remains at $16,000 for a man charged with burglarizing a Makawao store and stealing valuables including Niihau shell lei and jewelry.

Kevin MacKenzie, 34, of Pukalani has pleaded not guilty to first-degree theft, second-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal property damage.

He was arrested last month in connection with the burglary, which occurred shortly before 5 a.m. July 17 when surveillance video showed a man smashing a glass door of the Maui Hands store on Makawao Avenue. In less than a minute, the burglar stole 25 rare Niihau shell lei and five hunting knives.

Two of the knives were returned when they were found in the neighborhood, according to the store owner.

In court Monday, MacKenzie sought to be released from jail on supervision.

Deputy Prosecutor Brandon Segal opposed the request, saying that MacKenzie has multiple prior misdemeanor convictions, including ones for theft.

Second Circuit Judge Richard Bissen noted that MacKenzie has prior convictions for failure to appear and nine counts of contempt of court.

“Bail is reasonable considering that,” Bissen said.

MacKenzie was being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center.