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Kihei man accused of driving SUV stolen from airport

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A Kihei man was arrested for allegedly driving a sport utility vehicle that was stolen from Kahului Airport last month.

Kevin Jones, 39, was charged with first-degree unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. He allegedly drove the Toyota sport utility vehicle on Dec. 26, according to a complaint filed in court.

During his initial appearance Friday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Jeffery Temas asked for bail to remain at $5,000 for Jones, who was arrested Monday on a warrant.

Jones asked to have his bail reduced or to be released on supervision. He has a full-time security job and also is a caretaker for his girlfriend’s aunt, said Deputy Public Defender Emily Collins. “He has bad asthma and he is concerned about the COVID situation on the island and would feel more comfortable being placed on supervised release,” Collins said.

While she said Jones is charged with a nonviolent offense, Temas argued that Jones is a danger as a “known property crime offender” who is suspected in numerous vehicle and catalytic converter thefts. In addition to multiple pending cases, Jones has 23 convictions, including 11 for contempt of court and two for failure to appear, Temas said.

He said Jones also has convictions for abuse, driving without a license, driving while his license was suspended or revoked, impaired driving and excessive speeding.

Judge Blaine Kobayashi kept bail at $5,000.

Jones was ordered to stay away from Kahului Airport.

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