HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Department of the Prosecuting Attorney charged Robert Narito, Jr., 43, with one count of habitual property crime and one count of promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree.

The prosecuting attorney’s office said he stole several items from a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Waikīkī on Saturday, April 16.

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Officials say when officers arrived they found a bag of crystal methamphetamine in Narito’s pocket.

He remains in custody on $11,000 bail.

“When convicted of misdemeanor theft, shoplifters face little or no jail time and they go right
back to stealing from our businesses,” said Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm. “The Habitual
Property Crime statute is a valuable tool that can help address the growing retail crime issue in
Honolulu by attaching felony consequences to the actions of chronic thieves,” he continued.
“Retailers should report all property crimes to HPD so that we can consider charging more repeat
offenders with Habitual Property Crime,” he said.

As a serial property offender, the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney charged Narito
with habitual property crime, which is a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Promoting
a dangerous drug in the third degree is also a class C felony punishable by up to five years in
prison.

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Officials said Narito has 54 prior convictions, including five felony covictions, mostly for retail theft.