WAILUKU - After being identified through a Facebook posting of a suspect in a bird theft and implicated in other crimes, a Pukalani man has been sentenced to a 30-day jail term.
Jeremy Kaipo Ikaika Santos, 20, also was placed on five years' probation as part of his sentencing Sept. 4.
He was ordered to pay $4,797 in restitution in three criminal cases, including one involving the theft of the Sun Conure bird that was stolen on Christmas Eve 2011 from Petco in Kahului.
"It sounded like a bad Beavis and Butt-Head cartoon," said Deputy Prosecutor Kim Whitworth.
After the theft, a store clerk posted Santos' photo from store video on her Facebook page. "Within minutes," one of the clerk's friends recognized Santos, said 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo.
Santos had pleaded no contest to two reduced counts of third-degree theft for the bird theft and the theft of an iPod touch and Sony tablet taken in the break-in of a visitor's car.
Santos also pleaded no contest to second-degree theft, theft of a credit card and fraudulent use of a credit card for using the Maui Oil credit card belonging to a friend's mother in September 2012.
Loo noted that the card was used more than 50 times, with Santos filling his tank and friends' tanks to run up more than $3,000 in charges.
"I don't know if you thought you wouldn't get caught or they wouldn't notice," Loo told Santos. "I don't know what was going through your mind."
Whitworth said the card had been taken by the owner's son, who was Santos' friend. When the owner went to Santos' house, he gave her back the card.
Loo asked whether any of the money had been repaid to the woman, who was referred to a collection agency because of the charges.
Defense attorney Sam MacRoberts said that before being charged, Santos had offered to pay the woman back but the offer was declined.
"The problem with Jeremy is he's very suggestive, so when someone suggests something, he just goes along," MacRoberts said. "I don't want Jeremy to be in jail around other people who are committing crimes. That's my biggest fear.
"I think jail should be reserved for violent offenders. I don't want to jump up and down and say please don't put him in jail, but that's essentially what I'm doing."
In two of the three criminal cases, others were identified as co-defendants in the crimes, according to police.
Instead of jail, MacRoberts recommended community service for Santos, whose love of baseball had led him to create a baseball camp for kids.
Santos said he didn't want to adapt to jail as he had seen others do. "I slowly got myself away from the people I was doing wrong with," he said.
Loo denied Santos' request for a chance to keep the convictions off his record. He was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs.
In another sentencing Sept. 4, a 19-year-old Kahului man was given a chance to keep convictions off his record for breaking into one home and trying to break into another in Wailuku.
Ronson Legsay was also sentenced to a three-month jail term, part of which he has already served.
"I'm looking forward to changing my life around," he said in court.
He had pleaded no contest to two reduced counts of second-degree burglary, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, possessing drug paraphernalia and attempted second-degree theft.
Luckily, the $5,000 worth of jewelry stolen in one burglary April 6 was recovered from Legsay's backpack, Loo said. Seventeen days later, Legsay tried to break into another house but decided to leave when an alarm went off and nothing was stolen, she said.
Legsay will turn 20 while in jail, "not a very nice place to be spending your 20th birthday," Loo said.
"You need to succeed," she told Legsay. "If you get caught again, you're going to spend the next five or 10 birthdays in prison if you come back to court."