Man charged in $22,000 jewelry theft
A traffic stop on Kalanianaole Highway in Waimanalo on Nov. 13 helped police confirm that a career thief allegedly made off with a display case containing $22,000 worth of diamond jewelry from Macy's at Kahala Mall.
Dean Gouveia, 48, was charged yesterday with first-degree theft, with bail set at $20,000.
Since 1981, Gouveia has been convicted 66 times of offenses ranging from traffic and contempt of court to theft, drug and abuse charges.
According to court documents, police Sgt. Stuart Yano reviewed surveillance video of the theft and recognized the suspect as Gouveia.
Police officer William Rogers, who made a traffic stop on Gouveia's truck, also reviewed the video and identified Gouveia and the truck being the same as the one he stopped earlier in the day.
On Nov. 13 a man cut the security cable on one of the jewelry display cases while a sales associate was sent to the stockroom to look for a jewelry piece for him, according to an affidavit filed in Honolulu District Court.
The man picked up the display case -- which contained 72 to 80 pieces of bridge diamond jewelry valued at $22,000 -- and walked out of the store, placing the case in the bed of his pickup truck, the affidavit said.
A sales associate "thought it was odd and that he was stealing it from the store," the affidavit said. "So when he walked out the door, she followed him and saw him get into a pickup truck bearing State of Hawaii license plate GVD 968."
Rogers confirmed the plate number as belonging to the truck he stopped on Kalanianaole Highway earlier that day.
The Windward Crime Reduction Unit was notified to be on the lookout for Gouveia and the truck. He was arrested Monday in Waimanalo.
Here are some of the convictions against Gouveia:
» On Oct. 1, Gouveia was sentenced to five years in prison for second-degree theft. A week later he was sentenced to a year in prison for third-degree misdemeanor theft, with the sentence to run at the same time as the five-year term.
» In January 2003 he was sentenced to five years in prison for terroristic threatening, unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, promoting a dangerous drug and second- and third-degree theft.
» In April 2002, Gouveia received one year in prison for misdemeanor abuse of a household member and violation of a protective order.
» In March 1995 he was sentenced to five years in prison for second-degree theft and criminal contempt of court.
» In October 1993 he was sentenced to five years in prison for second-degree escape and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.