Officers’ suspicions lead to car theft arrest in Moiliili
A 34-year-old Ewa Villages man was arrested on suspicion of car theft Monday morning after after police became suspicious of a vehicle in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in Moiliili.
Patrol officers reported seeing two men sitting in the vehicle, which was parked out of a stall with the engine running.
One of the officers walked past the vehicle and noticed the steering column cover was missing near the ignition switch and that there was no key in the ignition.
A check with police dispatchers showed the vehicle’s owner, a 48-year-old man, had reported it stolen.
The man behind the wheel was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.
A passenger in the vehicle jumped out and ran away, eluding arrest, police said.