Army veteran, 22, suspected in school, college burglaries

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported that 22-year old Army veteran Kevin Merk has been arrested as a suspect in several burglaries in the Kane’ohe area:

An Army veteran arrested Sunday for allegedly breaking into buildings on the Castle High School campus may also be a suspect in other recent Windward Oahu burglaries, officials said.

Kevin J. Merk, 22, charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of second-degree attempted burglary, was being held Monday in lieu of $150,000 bail at Oahu Community Correctional Center. He was arrested on the high school campus about 3:55 a.m. Sunday.

The paper reported that “Merk may be responsible for other burglaries in the Windward area, including at St. Ann’s School and the Kokokahi YWCA”:

Among the items taken during the burglaries were a bicycle, a laptop computer and hundreds of dollars in cash, Murray said. The money was taken from the library, which has been burglarized four times since Dec. 13, and a large donation jar left in the open was taken from another campus building, he said.

The paper reported that Merk had served in the Army until November and is reportedly homeless.

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