WAILUKU - A Lahaina man who cut through drywall, damaged doors and disabled surveillance cameras while trying to break into automated-teller machines and safes at businesses was sentenced to a one-year jail term.
Jessey Parker, 36, also was placed on five years' probation as part of his sentence June 7. He had already been jailed for about seven months and could be released early if he enters a long-term residential drug treatment program.
"This is one of those rare instances where a defendant did welcome being arrested for these offenses," said defense attorney Andrew Martin. "He was in a state in his life where he recognized this had to stop."
According to court records, police identified Parker and co-defendant Dane A. Silva as suspects last year when Lahaina businesses noticed an increase in break-ins involving the theft of money from ATMs.
When police stopped Parker for driving without a license and insurance July 13, Silva was a passenger in the vehicle. Their footprints appeared to match those found at an overnight break-in discovered that morning at Honokowai Okazuya & Deli, police reported.
The burglars had entered through a roof door of the shopping center also housing AAAAA Rent-A-Space, pried open the front door of the okazuya and pulled surveillance cameras off the wall. After going through AAAAA Rent-A-Space, damaging its door to enter the okazuya office, the burglars broke into two safes, stealing cash.
Police said Parker admitted to breaking into the business with Silva, and also confessed to another burglary in July at Wailea Gateway Center, where an attempt was made to break into an ATM.
Parker also told police he had tried to pry open an ATM at an open market on Front Street in Lahaina after midnight May 29, 2012, cutting cables to a surveillance camera but stopping when he saw there was an alarm system, according to court records.
"He was ripping walls down. He was tearing drywall. He was using crowbars," said Deputy Prosecutor Tracy Jones.
"What that shows is a lack of regard for anything that stands in the way of him getting the money."
Speaking in court, Parker said he realizes he has a problem with alcohol and drugs. He said he had been crime free since 2002. "Then I moved to Maui and hit another rough spot," he said.
In the Wailea Gateway Center break-in, a hole was cut in drywall and a maintenance door was pried open so the burglars could enter an electrical room containing the base and rear of at ATM that had its door pried open.
No money was stolen.
Parker told police he and Silva stopped trying to open the machine when a cleaning crew arrived.
Noting that Parker had spent hours trying to break into the ATM, 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo told him: "If you put as much planning and premeditation as you did into drug treatment, you will be successful."
"You got to want it as badly as you wanted the money from those ATMs," Loo said.
Parker had pleaded no contest to three counts of second-degree burglary, second-degree theft, two counts of attempted second-degree theft, three counts of second-degree criminal property damage, third-degree criminal property damage and possession of burglar's tools.
Loo followed a plea agreement in sentencing Parker, saying he was receiving a chance on probation in part because of his confession to police and conviction-free life for a few years before his arrest last year.
"This is your last chance," Loo told Parker. "This is your only chance."
Parker was ordered to pay $9,195 in restitution.
According to court records, Silva, 23, of Waiehu is participating in the Maui Drug Court program of treatment and supervision.
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