Man charged with using stolen truck to ram businesses

WAILUKU — Bail was kept at $40,000 for a man who allegedly stole a truck and used it to ram into several Lahaina businesses that were burglarized last week.

Na Alii Peralta, 44, of Kahului pleaded not guilty to four counts of second-degree burglary, attempted second-degree burglary, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, third-degree criminal property damage, three counts of second-degree criminal property damage, two counts of fourth-degree theft, two counts of second-degree forgery, fourth-degree criminal property damage and third-degree theft.

During Peralta’s arraignment Thursday in 2nd Circuit Court, Deputy Prosecutor Tracy Jones asked the court to consider increasing the defendant’s bail to $100,000 “given the seriousness of these charges and the defendant’s lengthy and significant criminal history.”

She said Peralta has 22 criminal convictions, including eight for felony offenses. In 1997, he was sentenced to a 10-year prison term for manslaughter in the beating death of a cellmate at the Maui Community Correctional Center.

Peralta, who is also known as Brysen Keola Peralta, also served prison terms for two counts of third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, three counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and unauthorized possession of confidential personal information, Jones said.

She said Peralta had been released on bail in another case when he “went on a crime spree” last week.

He is charged with driving a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 truck that was reported stolen after the vehicle was last seen leaving the Island Honda service department in Kahului at about 1 p.m. July 20.

Jones said Peralta used the truck to ram into Lahaina businesses, which sustained damages to door entryways. He stole valuables including cash, checks and credit cards and forged checks made out to himself for thousands of dollars from one business, Jones said.

According to the complaint filed against Peralta, the burglaries occurred July 20 at Lahaina Coolers at 180 Dickenson St.; Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, The Mind’s Eye Interiors at 1068 Limahana Place; and Mala Ocean Tavern at 1307 Front St. The attempted burglary occurred Wednesday at Teddy’s Bigger Burgers at 335 Keawe St.

In court Thursday, Peralta asked to have his bail reduced.

He is unemployed and has limited financial resources, said Deputy Public Defender Heather Wolfenbarger.

She said Peralta, a lifelong resident of the state, had moved to Hawaii island while he was released in his other criminal case and had since moved back to Maui.

In his other criminal case, he has pleaded not guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, keeping a firearm and ammunition in an improper place, second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Judge Kelsey Kawano kept bail at $40,000 for Peralta. He was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to report for random testing if he is released. Peralta also was ordered to stay away from the businesses that were burglarized and to have no contact with Adam Heaps, 35, who is also charged with the burglaries.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.


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