Police reported finding a large amount of cash stolen in a Kihei bank robbery and other evidence linking suspect Kristopher Sharrott to the robbery during a search Thursday of three vehicles that had been impounded as part of the investigation.
Two of the vehicles - a silver 2013 Audi that had been painted black and a 2013 Dodge Avenger - were stolen from businesses, police said. The third vehicle, a Toyota Camry, belonged to a friend of Sharrott, according to police.
Sharrott, 40, of Pukalani is charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree theft in the Feb. 23 robbery at the Bank of Hawaii branch in the Kihei Safeway.
According to testimony during a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Wailuku District Court, the robber passed a note demanding money to a teller and displayed what looked like a firearm before leaving with $17,350 in cash. The teller and bank manager who were working identified Sharrott as the robber.
He is also charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree theft for a bank robbery Jan. 24, 2013, at the Pukalani branch of First Hawaiian Bank on Makawao Avenue. In that case, the robber also showed a teller a note demanding money and displayed a gun, according to testimony.
The day after the Kihei bank robbery, surveillance photos showing the robber were disseminated to the media. Police received two anonymous phone calls identifying Sharrott as the robber.
He was found with the key to the Avenger when he was arrested at his residence Feb. 27.
The other two vehicles were impounded Feb. 25 when police executed a warrant to search Sharrott's residence. He wasn't there at the time, but police reported finding evidence linking him to the bank robbery and the Audi, which was reported stolen Feb. 14 from Cycle City Maui in Kahului.
Lt. David Silva of the Kihei Criminal Investigation Division said the robbery case was solved "due to the Kihei police officers' initial investigation, hard work by the detectives and the community getting involved."
"With the community's help, it makes it easier for us," Silva said.
Sharrott is being held in lieu of $160,000 bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center in the two bank robbery cases. He is also being held on $50,000 bail for a warrant charging him with second-degree theft in connection with a shoplifting from Wal-Mart in Kahului last year.
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