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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, April 22, 2006

More stolen police gear recovered

By Curtis Lum
Advertiser Staff Writer

Police yesterday afternoon recovered more items that were stolen from an off-duty police officer's car in 'Ewa on Wednesday.

Capt. Frank Fujii said plainclothes officers from the Wai'anae station recovered the badge, gun belt and portable radio that belonged to Officer Taase Faumui. Still missing were Faumui's uniform, pepper spray, baton, handcuffs and extra ammunition.

Fujii said a 17-year-old boy was arrested yesterday on suspicion of theft. But Fujii would not say where the arrest was made, the boy's connection to the case or whether the youth had any of the stolen items in his possession.

Meanwhile, charges are pending against a man and woman who were arrested Thursday afternoon after police said Faumui's 9mm pistol was found in the pair's car. Police approached the man, 26, and woman, 30, at Track's Beach Park in Leeward O'ahu and saw the butt of a handgun sticking out of a bag in the car.

The two were booked on suspicion of theft, a weapons violation and being felons in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The two remained in custody.

Faumui, a six-year veteran of the police department assigned to the Pearl City station, was off duty when his white 1996 Dodge Neon ran out of gas Wednesday. Faumui parked the car near the Honouliuli sewage treatment plant at about 2:30 p.m. and walked to get gas.

When he returned about 30 minutes later, his car had been broken into and the police equipment stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

Reach Curtis Lum at culum@honoluluadvertiser.com.