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Thefts from Kapalua restaurant alleged

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A Lahaina man was arrested for allegedly burglarizing a Kapalua restaurant last week and stealing coolers, beverages, produce and an employee’s backpack.

Kelly Wilkins, 51, was charged with second-degree burglary, three counts of credit card theft, unauthorized possession of confidential personal information and two counts of fourth-degree theft.

The burglary occurred Feb. 17 when Wilkins drove his sport utility vehicle to the back loading dock of Taverna restaurant at about 8 p.m., according to a police investigation. He took coolers and filled them with beverages and produce, then entered an employees-only area and took a backpack, police said.

An all-points bulletin had been issued for Wilkins before he was arrested Friday after police found his vehicle parked in a handicap parking space.

During his initial appearance Monday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Lewis Littlepage asked for Wilkins’ bail to be increased to $27,000.

Deputy Public Defender Rachel Miyoshi asked that bail remain at $5,100, as set by police.

“He tells me this is a huge misunderstanding,” Miyoshi said.

She said Wilkins has lived in Lahaina for seven years, is married and works.

Littlepage said Wilkins has prior convictions for third-degree theft and abuse and is awaiting trial for two counts of violating a temporary restraining order.

Surveillance video showed Wilkins entering the restaurant through the employee entrance “and basically taking items and loading them into his vehicle and driving off,” Littlepage said.

“This was not a mistake on his part,” he said.

Judge Kirstin Hamman kept bail at $5,100. Wilkins was ordered to stay away from the restaurant and the man whose credit cards and identification were stolen.

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