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Big price paid for coffee drinks, cigarettes from Makawao store

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A woman who broke into a Makawao store to steal cigarettes and coffee drinks was placed on four years’ probation Thursday and ordered to pay more than $1,800 in restitution.

In sentencing Darnel Freitas, 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill noted that if she had gone into the store while it was open and shoplifted the items valued at about $95, she would have faced a lesser charge.

“But by throwing a rock through the window, it becomes a felony,” Cahill said.

“Needless to say, it was somewhat bizarre,” he said. “Well, I guess when you got to have a smoke, you got to have a smoke.”

Freitas, 29, of Haiku had pleaded no contest to second-degree burglary, with theft and criminal property damage charges dismissed in exchange for her plea.

The burglary occurred Aug. 11 at the Minit Stop at 1100 Makawao Ave., according to court records.

Freitas was sitting in the parking lot when police arrived at the store, said Deputy Public Defender Zach Raidmae. He said Freitas had taken Frappuccino drinks and cigarettes, and police got back eight of the cigarettes.

In recommending probation for Freitas, Deputy Prosecutor Johann Smith said she hadn’t been arrested for new charges since she was released on supervision Oct. 24 when she changed her plea.

“So it bodes well,” Smith said.

Raidmae said Freitas wasn’t abusing drugs or alcohol and was doing well on probation in an abuse case.

“The wagons are circled, so I want to wish her luck,” he said.

Freitas was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs as part of her probation. She was given credit for 76 days she had spent in jail.

“This is an overwhelming penalty you’re paying for something that shouldn’t occur at all,” Judge Cahill told her.