Accused burglar Valentine Gines, has court date today

Photo courtesy Hawaii Island police
Photo courtesy Hawaii Island police

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.

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