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Man arrested after stolen phone tracked to apartment

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A man was arrested for allegedly stealing a tourist’s purse Saturday after after a cellphone in the purse was tracked to an apartment.

Noah Chourre, 32, of Pukalani was charged with three counts of second-degree theft, three counts of credit card theft, unauthorized possession of confidential personal information, two counts of third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug and possessing drug paraphernalia.

The theft occurred after tourists left their belongings on the beach at Kamaole Beach Park II, Deputy Prosecutor Brant Yoshimoto said during Chourre’s initial appearance Monday in Wailuku District Court.

Yoshimoto said a lifeguard saw Chourre looking at the tourists’ possessions and reaching down to take the purse before fleeing. After tracking the phone to the apartment, police found Chourre with the stolen items, Yoshimoto said.

In asking for bail to remain at $17,400, Yoshimoto said the defendant has prior convictions for two counts of contempt of court and four counts of failure to appear. Yoshimoto argued that Chourre is a flight risk and told police “he needed to get off the island and is currently planning to fly to Alaska.”

Deputy Public Defender Emily Collins asked for bail to be reduced or for Chourre to be released on supervision. She said Chourre told her he doesn’t have a ticket to leave and couldn’t afford to post bail as set.

He works as a surf instructor, Collins said.

Judge Chris Dunn kept bail at $17,400.

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