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Wailea Hotel Worker Arrested in Theft Case

February 14, 2013, 4:54 PM HST
* Updated February 15, 7:51 AM
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John D. Bueno. Courtesy photo, MPD.

John Bueno. Courtesy photo, MPD.

By Maui Now Staff

An employee from a hotel in Wailea was arrested on Monday on suspicion of theft after a couple visiting from Maryville, MI, reported more than $11,000 in jewelry and other goods missing from their bags after check-in, police said.

Maui police arrested resort houseman, John Bueno for alleged second degree theft in connection with the incident.

According to police reports, the couple arrived at the hotel at around 1:20 p.m. on Monday Feb. 11, checked their bags with a bellman, and proceeded to the pool area to wait until their room was ready.

A few minutes later, police say the female visitor returned to the bell desk and inquired about one of the bags to retrieve an item from within.

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A check of the storage room found all of their bags missing, and a search of the area by security personnel and hotel managers turned up with negative results.

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A few minutes later, another check of the storage room revealed that the bags were returned; however, upon checking each bag, it was learned that various pieces of jewelry and a camera totaling $ 11,100 were missing, said Maui Police Lt. Wayne Ibarra.

Police say a review of video surveillance of the storage room revealed that Bueno allegedly entered into the storage room through the service elevator, picked up and concealed the bags within his work cart and exited the storage room. A few minutes later, police say the video surveillance shows Bueno allegedly reentering the storage room and placing the bags back on a bellman cart, then exiting again through the service elevator.

Bueno was placed under arrest later that afternoon, and posted bail, which was set at $1,000. He is scheduled to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. on March 14, 2013.

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