A Kealakekua man has been arrested and charged in connection with a burglary in Holualoa on Oct. 28, according to Big Island police.
While detectives were investigating the burglary, they recovered jewelry from a second-hand shop in Captain Cook belonging to the three victims. They also recovered jewelry that had been taken during two additional burglaries in Holualoa on Sept. 1 and Oct. 7.
Detectives obtained the identity of the person who had sold the jewelry to the second-hand shop and arrested 32-year-old Mathew Robert Kaleo Malapit of Kealakekua at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday. He was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.
At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, detectives charged Malapit with first-degree burglary and five counts of second-degree theft. His bail was set at $15,000. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance Friday morning.