Police have charged a 28-year-old Kona man in connection with a car break in that occurred Tuesday in Kailua-Kona.
At approximately 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a report of a theft from a motor vehicle in a downtown Kailua-Kona parking lot. The victim, a 37-year-old Holualoa woman, said she had placed personal belongings into a public storage rack located at the entrance of the Kailua Pier while she went swimming. Upon her return she found several items including her vehicle key and key fob were missing. She later found that her vehicle had been entered and property had been taken from it.
Investigating officers learned a local man was seen in the area where the woman’s property had been taken at the Kailua Pier and also the parking lot where the her vehicle was entered. On Wednesday, police arrested Travis Ray Maunakea Sanders of Kailua-Kona, on suspicion of unlawful enter into a motor vehicle.
A warrant was obtained to search a backpack Sanders had when he was arrested and detectives recovered several items of the victim’s stolen property along with illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Sanders was charged Friday with unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, two counts of theft-third degree, theft of a credit card, unauthorized possession of confidential information, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug-third degree, promoting a detrimental drug third degree and two counts of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $75,000.
He remains at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance on Monday.