Kea`au Man Arrested in Attempted Theft

The Hawai`i Police Department reports that 27-year-old Alexander Kauwe of Keaʻau was arrested for an array of offenses after he went to a residence in Keaʻau and attempted to steal a car battery, causing damage in the process.

Police say the offenses include Criminal Property Damage 1, Criminal Property Damage 4, Theft 4, and Criminal Trespass 2.

Since this incident occurred during the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation, the Criminal Property Damage offense was enhanced to a class B felony. 

Kauwe was subsequently charged for all offenses and bail has been set at $5,850.00. He is presently at the Hilo Police Station Cellblock, awaiting the next court appearance. 

A class B felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

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