Paia man sentenced to a month jail term for tool thefts

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A man who was caught stealing tools from a Spreckelsville construction site where he formerly worked has been sentenced to a one-month jail term.

Kaleikaumaka Thompson, 26, of Paia also was placed on four years’ probation as part of his sentence imposed Thursday.

He pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of second-degree burglary, second-degree theft, fourth-degree theft and first-degree bail jumping.

Deputy Prosecutor Lyle Keanini said Thompson had received combination codes to locks while working as a painter on a home under construction for 12 days. After he was fired, Thompson and another man went to the home Aug. 4, 2016, and used a garbage bag and dolly to remove tools valued at $4,750, Keanini said.

He said the two were confronted and left without the tools.

After additional investigation, it was discovered that in July 2016, Thompson had pawned three other power tools that were stolen from the job site, Keanini said. Thompson received $160 for the tools valued at $629, he said.

Thompson had been released on supervision in the case when he didn’t show up for a pretrial conference Jan. 30, leading to the bail-jumping charge.

Thompson’s prior record includes a drunken-driving conviction in 2012 and three convictions for fourth-degree theft in 2016 and 2017, Keanini said.

Noting that three days was the longest time Thompson had previously spent in jail, Keanini said the plea agreement recommending the 30-day jail term and probation was fair.

Deputy Public Defender Tyler Stevenson said Thompson took the items to get money to buy drugs.

“He is a humble person who is taking responsibility for his conduct in this case,” Stevenson said. “He does wish to seek out drug rehabilitation treatment on this island.”

Thompson’s sister, who works in substance abuse treatment, agreed that Thompson’s crimes were part of his addiction. She said he would have a chance while on probation to get treatment for his abuse of opiates and marijuana.

Thompson admitted he had violated court requirements by using marijuana while he had been released on supervision.

“I’d just like to apologize for messing up on the supervised release,” he said in court. “I know that you gave me a chance and I broke the trust.”

Second Circuit Judge Richard Bissen told Thompson: “I think that shows how strong your addiction is, even though you deny having one.”

The judge followed the plea agreement in sentencing Thompson.

He was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs.

Thompson also was ordered to pay $160 in restitution to First National Pawn.