$70,000 worth of stolen lei, knives re­turned to store

The Garden Island - - Morn­ing Brief­ing -

WAILUKU, Hawaii — Po­lice have re­cov­ered about $70,000 worth of mer­chan­dise that was stolen from a Maui store, but are still search­ing for the re­main­ing items es­ti­mated to be worth $30,000.

Po­lice re­turned 12 of the stolen Ni­ihau shell lei to Maui Hands on Tues­day. The store’s owner, Panna Cap­pelli, said the staff was in tears as the of­fi­cers re­united them with the lei.

Cap­pelli said most of the items re­turned were the “price­less, col­lec­tor, mu- seum pieces.”

Sur­veil­lance video caught a man smash­ing the store’s glass door on July 17. In less than a minute, the man stole 25 of the rare lei and five ex­pen­sive knives. sign it into law.

Those in op­po­si­tion say the bill in­trudes on peo­ple’s pri­vate lives, while back­ers say those un­der 18 have no choice but to stay in a ve­hi­cle if an adult is smok­ing.

The bill ap­plies to elec­tronic smok­ing de­vices as well as to­bacco cig­a­rettes.

County and Kauai County have sim­i­lar laws in place.

Smok­ing with a mi­nor in a ve­hi­cle has been out­lawed on Hawaii Is­land since 2010. On Kauai, smok­ing with any­one un­der 13 was out­lawed in July 2016. Nine other states or ter­ri­to­ries across the U.S. also have sim­i­lar re­stric­tions. ••• Associated Press

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