Captain Cook Man Charged in Series of Crimes
Three individuals have been arrested in connection to a crime spree that occurred in West Hawai’i.
According to the Hawai’i Police Department, Kona Patrol officers responded to an incident on May 16 in which keys were allegedly stolen from Honaunau Beach. The victim claimed to have seen his Jeep being driven away by two men and a woman.
Another victim had reported during the same time that he saw one of the men take his bag and leave the scene with the Jeep and two additional people.
Police say the first victim left to search for his Jeep and encountered the three suspects at Hookena Beach. The suspects were in a parked Scion that HPD later determined was stolen.
Officers arrived at the scene and arrested 23-year-old Mei S. Tanaka and 21-year-old Kainoa I. Lindo, both of Honaunau. During the arrests, officers identified the second suspect as 19-year-old Dylan J. Alcain of Captain Cook, who was also a suspect in multiple theft cases. Alcain fled the scene before police could arrest him.
The stolen Jeep was recovered by police in bushes in an area off Hookena Beach Road. Stolen items were found inside the Scion and a smoking pipe with methamphetamine residue was also recovered.
Both Tanaka and Lindo were taken to the Kona police cellblock as police continued to investigate.
Tanaka was charged on May 17 with promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $4,000 and she waited at the cellblock until her initial court appearance, which was scheduled for this past Monday.
In addition, Lindo was charged on May 17 with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. He was released after posting $2,000 bail.
Detectives have identified Alcain as a suspect in additional cases between May 13 and May 18.
HPD reports that Alcain is a suspect in a residential burglary that took place along Hookena Beach Road on May 16. He is also a suspect in the theft of a Scion that occurred after removing the victim’s purse from a shopping cart in Kailua-Kona on May 13.
Alcain is also believe to be involved in a car break-in at a shopping center on May 17 in Kealakekua. He is also a suspect in the theft of a bank bag that contained cash and checks during a burglary of a store at a Kealakekua shopping center on May 17.
Police says Alcain is also a suspect in a May 17 theft of a backpack from a fast food restaurant in Captain Cook.
On May 18, Alcain was suspected of being involved in the theft of a County of Hawai’i F450 pickup truck from Napoopoo Road in Kealakekua and the theft of a Nissan pickup truck from a home on Manako Road in Captain Cook.
As HPD was investigating the theft of the Nissan, they recovered the county truck from Manako Road. Police located the Nissan the following day.
Alcain was located on May 20 at a home near Milolii Village, where he was arrested at 10:30 a.m. and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continued to investigate.
On Thursday at 10 p.m., Alcain was charged with seven counts of theft, four counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, two counts of unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, two counts of burglary, and one count each of unauthorized possession of personal information, promoting a dangerous drug, promoting a detrimental drug, and possessing drug paraphernalia.
Bail for Alcain was set at $36,250. He remained at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance Friday.