BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Waimea man has been arrested and charged in connection with a restaurant burglary last week.
South Kohala patrol officers responded to a 2:12 a.m. call Feb. 10 and learned that a cleaning crew had found a man in a storage room at a restaurant on Opelo Road in Waimea.
The man threatened the crew, attempted to flee in a sedan and crashed the car into a tree. He and then abandoned the car and fled on foot.
The investigation led police to 44-year-old Valentine Joseph Gines of Waimea who was arrested later that same day.
On Feb. 11, detectives charged Gines with second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal property damage, second-degree robbery, inattention to driving and false reporting.
The false reporting offense was for reporting that his car had been stolen. His bail is set at $38,000.
Gines is being held at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance Feb. 14.