Kauai police make arrests in Westside break-ins

Jayson Yanos, left, Jessie Borja and Dylan Crowell

Police have arrested three men believed to be responsible for multiple break-ins that have occurred on Kauai’s Westside.

Jayson Yanos, 24, of Kekaha, was arrested on October 7. Earlier that day, Yanos smashed the rear window of a vehicle parked at Kokee State Park and stole a purse belonging to a female resident. Within hours of the car break-in, a credit card that was in the stolen purse was used at a nearby gas station. Surveillance video from the gas station helped to identify Yanos as the suspect. He was arrested later that day in Kekaha and charged with multiple offenses relating to Theft, Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle, and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. Yanos is being held at the Kauai Community Correctional Center (KCCC). His trial date is schedule for February 8, 2016.

Jessie Borja, 25, of Kekaha, was arrested on September 11 after police caught him in an apartment at the Kekaha Plantation Elderly Housing on Elepaio Road. Borja was charged with first-degree Burglary and Theft in the second degree. He is being held at KCCC and his trial is set for February 29, 2016.

Police believe Borja was working with 23-year-old Kekaha man Dylan Crowell at the time of the break-in. Crowell was arrested on October 6 for first-degree Burglary. Upon his arrest, officers located a glass pipe used to smoke crystal methamphetamine. Crowell has since been charged with Promoting a Dangerous Drug in the third degree and Prohibited Acts related to Drug Paraphernalia. He is also being held at KCCC and is expected in court on October 27.

“The department recently hosted a community meeting in Kekeha and residents expressed concern about crimes happening in their neighborhood, particularly on Elepaio Road,” stated Police Chief Darryl Perry. “We hope these arrests will bring some peace of mind back to this community.”

Anyone with information on a recent home or car theft is urged to contact police at 241-1711. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at 246-8300.

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