Maui Men Arrested Following Kahakuloa Burglary Investigation
By Wendy Osher
Maui police arrested three men in connection with an investigation into a burglary in Kahakuloa on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.
Travis “Popoke” Carvalho, 28, and Casey Ogawa, 20, of Wailuku, were charged with various offenses in connection with the incident including: first degree burglary, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, and refusing an order to stop a motor vehicle, according to police reports.
The charges stem from an initial report at around 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday, in which police say a caller reported a “suspicious vehicle,” described as a white Toyota pickup, “staking out” the homes at the Cliffs of Kahakuloa neighborhood.
While en-route to investigate, police say they spotted the vehicle in question traveling in Waiheʻe, and confirmed that it had been stolen earlier that morning from an address in Kahului.
In a press release compiled by Lt. Clyde Holokai, he states that the vehicle made attempts to evade officers and fled into the area known as the Mac Nuts Field.
Police later identified the driver of the vehicle as Carvalho, and the passenger as Ogawa.
When the vehicle was located, Lt. Holokai states that it had items loaded in the bed which “appeared to be stolen.”
During a search of the Cliffs at Kahakuloa neighborhood, police say an officer located a residence that showed signs of forced entry.
“Checks made within the residence confirmed that it appeared to have been burglarized, with items obviously missing and some matching those that were already being recovered as evidence in the stolen vehicle,” the police report stated.
Police say the owners of the home, who reside in Arizona, estimated the value of the stolen items at well over $10,000.
When questioned regarding this incident, Lt. Holokai’s report indicates that both Carvalho and Ogawa provided police with “full confession.”
Police say Carvalho was being held in lieu of $28,430 bail; and Ogawa was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.
In addition to the above charges, Carvalho was also charged with seven counts of criminal contempt of court, third degree promotion of a dangerous drug; and prohibited acts related to drug paraphernalia. Additional charges for Ogawa included failure to appear.
Police say they also arrested Floyd Nahinu, 49, of Wailuku for allegedly allowing the two men to hide at his residence. According to police, Nahinu was charged with three counts of criminal contempt of court, and first degree hindering of prosecution. His bail was reportedly set at $6,000.
***Supporting information courtesy Maui Police Department.