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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:28 a.m., Thursday, February 2, 2006

Crowd thwarts purse snatcher

Advertiser Staff

A 43-year-old Halawa man was arrested yesterday afternoon after bystanders prevented him from making off with a purse he allegedly stole from a 46-year-old woman as she waited with her family at a city bus stop fronting Kamehameha Highway near Aloha Stadium.

Police said the woman was waiting at the bus stop when the man approached, grabbed the purse and tried to wrest it away from her.

The woman lost hold of the purse when the shoulder strap broke. The purse snatcher tried to run away but was detained by bystanders, the victim and one of her friends, police said.

Officers were sent to the bus stop and arrested the man on suspicion of second-degree robbery. The purse was returned to the victim with its contents intact, police said.

Anonymous tip leads to arrest in vehicle theft

A 34-year-old man was arrested yesterday after he was spotted driving a stolen car through the Kuhio Park Terrace housing project, police said.

Security officers told police they saw the man driving a car that a rental agency had reported stolen. An anonymous female later reported the car, which had been parked, as a suspicious vehicle.

Officers were sent to the scene and checked the car's license plate to confirm it had been reported stolen.

They located the driver in one of the apartments and arrested him about 1:50 p.m. on suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

Suspect arrested trying to cash money order

A 29-year-old Kalihi man was arrested in Kaka'ako yesterday after he allegedly tried to cash a money order belonging to a 64-year-old man.

Police said the older man misplaced the money order on Monday and got a call from bank workers yesterday telling him the younger man was trying to cash it.

The money order's rightful owner told bank workers he had no idea who the man with the money order was and police were called.

They located the suspect on Ilaniwai Street and arrested him about 12:35 p.m. on suspicion of attempted second-degree theft.

One arrested so far in beating, robbery of boy, 14

A 14-year-old boy was arrested yesterday as a suspect in the robbery of another 14-year-old boy that took place Jan. 15 at the Aliamanu Middle School.

Police said the victim was confronted by three boys who punched and kicked him and took items from him totaling more than $450.

One of the boys was eventually identified and was arrested yesterday by members of the Kalihi police district crime reduction unit.

Man arrested after crashing stolen car

A 19-year-old man was arrested about 5 p.m. yesterday after the car he was driving got into a collision in a parking lot at the Pearlridge shopping center.

Officers were sent to the parking lot after receiving word a driver had crashed into a fixed object. A check on the car's license plate revealed that a 28-year-old man had reported the car was stolen from him.

The driver was then arrested on suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

Boy, 14, arrested driving stolen car in Waikiki

Police arrested a 14-year-old boy in Waikiki yesterday afternoon after he was caught driving a car that had been reported stolen.

A police officer spotted the car traveling down Kalakaua Avenue with a bandanna hanging from the rear-view mirror. The officer checked the car's license place on his mobile computer and learned a 32-year-old Wahiawa woman had reported it stolen from her.

A second police officer ordered the car to pull over on Kuhio Avenue near Walina Street about 2:40 p.m. and arrested the driver on suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and driving without a license.