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Makawao man faces burglary charges

WAILUKU — A Makawao man was being held in lieu of $12,500 bail after he was charged with burglarizing a Hana residence and stealing a truck.

At his arraignment Tuesday in 2nd Circuit Court, Nathan Constante, 24, pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree theft, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and reckless driving. The crimes occurred Oct. 3, according to the complaint against Constante.

Deputy Prosecutor Johann Smith said the bail amount was reasonable for Constante, who had no verifiable residence.

Constante had been living in a tent on the victims’ property, but “he is no longer welcome there,” Smith said.

“It’s alleged he fled recklessly in the stolen truck, putting people in danger,” Smith said.

He said police chased but didn’t catch Constante before he was arrested Nov. 20.

Constante has recent convictions for third-degree assault and harassment, Smith said.

Constante asked to be released on supervision, with Deputy Public Defender Heather Wolfenbarger saying he is a lifelong resident of the state, has a job and young child and lives with his girlfriend.

Judge Kelsey Kawano kept bail at $12,500 for Constante. He was ordered not to return to the Hana residence and not to contact the victims.

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