Jail for ‘silly’ use of stolen credit card
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WAILUKU – A man who tried to use a stolen credit card to buy drinks at a Kihei bar was sentenced Friday to a six-month jail term for theft and other charges.

Thomas McGinnis, 57, was ordered to pay $ 370 in restitution as part of five years’ probation.

“It’s a round of drinks for a bar on a stolen credit card,” said Deputy Public Defender Jim Rouse. “It’s unlawful, but it’s very silly.”

McGinnis, who gave no local address, claimed he was going to get married when he bought the drinks March 26 at Life’s a Beach, said Deputy Prosecutor Justine Hura. She said the credit card he tried to use was from a woman’s purse, which had been left in a bathroom.

“But for his criminal history, this would be a relatively strange and not tremendously well thought out incident,” Hura said.

The prosecution and defense recommended no additional jail for McGinnis, who has been incarcerated for nearly five months.

Second Circuit Judge Richard Bissen ordered the longer jail term, saying McGinnis was seen as being at high risk to commit another offense.

In addition to trying to use the stolen credit card, McGinnis had someone else’s driver’s license and Costco, library and insurance cards when he was arrested, Bissen said.

He said McGinnis has 56 prior arrests and 20 prior convictions, including 10 for felony offenses.

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