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Couple Arrested, Charged in Multiple Auto Thefts

September 3, 2015, 4:56 PM HST
* Updated September 3, 4:58 PM
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A couple wanted for involvement in several auto thefts has been identified and arrested.

The Hawai’i Police Department released a photo on Aug. 5 of a woman operating a 1985 Nissian pickup truck a day earlier, which was stolen in July from a shopping center on Puainako Street in Hilo.

According to police ,the photo was taken shortly after a 2001 Toyota Tacoma pickup struck was stolen from the Bayfront area of Hilo. Police learned the identity of the woman, 29-year-old Marilee Morrison of Kurtistown, through help from the public.

Morrison, along with 32-year-old Kamalu Keawe also of Kurtistown, were arrested on Aug. 24 in Mountain View after exiting a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup truck that was stolen from a business on Maka’ala Street early in the day on Aug. 21.

HPD determined that Keawe was the driver of the Dodge.

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Further investigation led Police to determine that Morrison has used the stolen Nissan to drive Keawe to the Bayfront area to steal the Toyota Tacoma on Aug. 4.

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Morrison was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and being an accomplice to second-degree theft. Her bail was set at $4,000.

Keawe was charged with three counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. His bail was set at $30,000.

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