Coco Palms Burglar gets nine months

LIHUE —The Kapaa man convicted of stealing copper from the historic Coco Palms resort last year was sentenced to nine months in jail and four years of probation Wednesday.

Darren Dean White, 46, was originally charged with burglary in the second degree and theft, class C felonies.

On Jan. 4, 2016, police said White, who is originally from Kentucky, pleaded no contest to both charges. The state agreed to dismiss additional charges on the July 8 indictment.

On Oct. 24, 2015, Robert Jasper, a tour guide at Coco Palms, found White with a pile of copper in front of him and a piece of copper in his hands.

According to court records, police found White at Coco Palms with a stun gun in his pocket on June 25, and copper pipes stashed in several pillow cases. While out on bail, he was again on the property and charged with burglary in the second degree, records show.

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