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Bail lowered for suspect in school burglaries

The Maui News

WAILUKU — Bail was reduced to $5,000 for a man who was arrested for allegedly burglarizing Wailuku Elementary School six times since November.

Jamieson Amaral, 32, of Wailuku has pleaded not guilty to six counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree theft, two counts of second-degree theft, fourth-degree criminal property damage and fourth-degree theft.

IPads, food, EarPods, Target gift cards, bluetooth speakers, Apple laptop computers, projectors, a document camera and paper towels were among property stolen from the school during the burglaries that occurred Nov. 1 to 4, Dec. 20 to 30, Jan. 18, Feb. 28 to March 1, March 8 to 9 and March 25, according to the complaint against Amaral. In one burglary, a door was damaged, the complaint says.

Amaral was arrested Monday night, with his bail set at $44,000, according to police records.

During a court hearing Thursday, he asked to be released from jail “for the sake of my kids.”

“I live right up the road,” he said. “I know I messed up.”

Amaral said there’s no one else to watch the children so their mother can go to work. 

“I got four kids, your honor,” he said.

“But you also have a massive drug use problem,” 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill told Amaral.

Amaral acknowledged he had been using heroin daily three or four months ago and also used methamphetamine.

Judge Cahill said he wouldn’t grant supervised release for Amaral but reduced his bail from $44,000 to $5,000.

An Aug. 3 trial is set for Amaral.

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