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Police announce car-theft arrests

The Hawaii Police Department is touting the arrest of two individuals “four days after … a task force to address the alarming number of auto thefts” was developed.

Christian Olivera, 19, and Jasmine Saragosa-Taoy, 24, were arrested without incident at 1:30 p.m. at a residence in Hawaiian Paradise Park, police said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

“Investigators are continuing to examine these cases to determine if additional suspects are involved,” the department’s statement says. “The task force will continue to focus their attention on dismantling organized groups responsible for stealing cars.”

Police allege they learned during their investigation that Olivera was responsible for the following crimes:

July 7, 2017, stole and operated a Honda Civic

July 7, 2017, stole and operated a Honda Civic (a different vehicle)

July 7, 2017, fled from police in a vehicle pursuit

May 28, 2017, stole a Subaru coupe at gunpoint

May 28, 2017 , operated a stolen Subaru coupe

May 28, 2017, pointed a rifle at a male party

May 31, 2017, stole and operated a Toyota Tacoma

April 28, 2017, stole and operated a Toyota Tacoma

May 22, 2017, stole and operated a Toyota Tacoma

June 21, 2017, stole and operated a Honda two-door hatchback

May 6, 2017, stole and operated a Toyota Tacoma

July 6, 2017, stole and operated a Honda Civic

July 8, 2017, recklessly placed a police officer in danger or death of bodily injury

July 8, 2017, recklessly placed a police officer in danger of death or bodily injury

July 8, 2017, stole and operated a Honda Civic

July 8, 2017, stole and operated a Subaru

June 25, 2017, stole and operated a Honda Civic

July 9, 2017, stole and operated a Toyota Tacoma

Police also allege that Jasmine Saragosa-Taoy was responsible for the following crimes:

July 7, 2017, stole and operated a Honda Civic

July 7, 2017, stole a nd operated a Honda Civic (a different vehicle)

May 31, 2017, stole and operated a Toyota Tacoma

July 8, 2017, recklessly placed a police officer in danger or death of bodily injury

July 11, 2017, possession of stolen credit cards

July 11, 2017, theft of credit cards

July 11, 2017, possession of confidential information

July 11, 2017, theft of credit cards

Police say Olivera faces felony charges of 13 counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, three counts of resisting an order to stop, two counts of terroristic threatening and one count of criminal property damage and one count of robbery. Bail is set at $600,000.

Saragosa-Taoy was charged with felonies that include hindering prosecution, two counts of credit card theft and two counts of unauthorized possession of confidential personal information. She was also charged with being an accomplice to Olivera in three counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, one count of terroristic threatening and criminal property damage. Her bail is set at $115,000.

The charges involve vehicles stolen from Puna, Hilo, Hāmākua, South Kohala and Kona districts.

Call the police non-emergency line at 935-3111 or Sgt. James Correa of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at 961-2272 (James.Correa@hawaiicounty.gov) if you have information about the crimes to share.

To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers 961-8300 and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

 

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