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Man seen in stolen vehicles is arrested

The Maui News

A 30-year-old Kula man was arrested Wednesday after he was seen driving three stolen vehicles, including one that was taken after its key was stolen in a burglary in Haiku, according to police.

Branden Deponte was charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree theft, three counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, fourth-degree criminal property damage, second-degree theft, unauthorized possession of confidential personal information, seven counts of credit card theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, third-degree theft and second-degree criminal property damage.

His bail was set at $88,000.

The crimes included a vehicle break-in Oct. 18 when credit cards, a cellphone and other belongings were stolen from a vehicle parked at the Central Maui Regional Sports Complex in Kahului. The windshield of the vehicle was smashed.

Some of the stolen credit cards were used the same day at businesses in Kahului.

The next day, some property stolen from the vehicle was found in a gray 2007 Subaru station wagon that was returned to its owner after being stolen Oct. 16 in Kula, according to police.

When a photo of a man using one of the stolen credit cards was posted online, the suspect was identified as Deponte, police said.

Deponte also was seen driving a stolen white 1997 Honda Civic and another vehicle that was stolen when its key was taken Tuesday from a residence on Lilikoi Road in Haiku, according to police. The owner reported finding the vehicle stolen from Lilikoi Road at a residence on Awalau Road in Haiku on Tuesday morning.

Deponte, who reportedly had driven the stolen vehicle to Awalau Road, was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center emergency after he was assaulted at the residence, according to police. He was arrested after being treated and released from the hospital.