A four-month investigation into a break-in and stolen truck has led to the arrest of a Honokaʻa couple.
In April a local business establishment in Honokaʻa that assists with vocational rehabilitation to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities was broken into. The suspects stole lawn maintenance equipment, took a credit card, and stole a truck.
Hawai`i Police Department officers investigating the case discovered the stolen credit card was utilized at businesses in South Kohala, Kona, and Hilo. The stolen truck was later recovered and returned to the business.
HPD arrested and charged 39-year-old Brian Maltezo and 47-year-old Sriyani Anang both of Honokaʻa for offenses that include unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, unauthorized possession of personal confidential information, credit card theft, theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, identity theft, possession of drugs, and several outstanding warrants.
Maltezo is being held in lieu of $121,850.00, and Anang is held on $12,750.00 bail pending court appearances on September 4.
Police received tips from the community that assisted in the apprehension and wanted to extend thanks to the community involvement.
Officer Thomas Chun-Ming said, “Getting involved makes the community a safer place for everybody.”
Police are still seeking tips on the whereabouts of some of the lawn maintenance equipment.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Honokaʻa Police Station at (808) 775-7533 or the police department’s non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.