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Man charged with cigarettes theft

WAILUKU — Police arrested a 39-year-old man who allegedly stole cigarettes from a Makawao business and pushed a store manager during a confrontation.

Benjamin Soldati, who gave no local address, was charged with second-degree robbery, two counts of habitual property crime, third-degree assault and fourth-degree theft.

His bail was set at $22,000.

Soldati fled after the theft at Liquor Shack and Grinds at 1143 Makawao Ave., according to police.

Officers later located him, and he was arrested at about 10:30 p.m., police records show.

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