Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area II
Lieutenant Gerald Wike
Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266
Report No. C13028962
A Kealakekua man has been arrested and charged in connection with a burglary in Hōlualoa on October 28.
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 Hōlualoa on September 1 and October 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 (November 6). 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 (November 8).