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Pair Arrested in Kona Robbery

September 30, 2015, 5:46 PM HST
* Updated September 30, 5:49 PM
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Two men have been arrested in connection to a robbery that took place in Kailua-Kona on Aug. 4.

The arrests followed an incident involving a stolen truck, according to the Hawai’i Police Department.

HPD says that on Aug. 4, a 32-year-old Kailua-Kona man was robbed in the parking lot of a shopping center near the intersection of Kuakini Highway and Palani Road. The robbers took his bag.

Nearly two months later, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, police officers observed a pickup truck in Kailua-Kona that had been reported stolen on Monday from a Papala Place home in Kailua-Kona.

Twenty-eight-year-old Alihilani Joshua Stringert and a 37-year-old woman, Lila Uyeshiro, were arrested on suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

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Stringert was also arrested on suspicion of the Aug. 4 robbery and other offenses.

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Both Stringert and Uyeshiro were taken to the Kona police cellblock as detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued to investigate.

On Tuesday, HPD arrested another individual, 25-year-old Christiansan Ikaika Kaawa, also on suspicion of the Aug. 4 robbery.

Kaawa was charged with an unrelated contempt of court offense with bail set at $600. He was taken to court Wednesday morning on the contempt charge and returned to the cellblock, where he was later charged with robbery. His bail on that offense was set at $25,000.

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At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Uyeshiro was released without charges.

HPD charged Stringert with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, two counts of robbery, and one count of theft.

According to HPD, the second robbery charged to Stringert was for a Sept. 10 incident where a woman’s purse was taken as she was about to enter a Kaiwi Street business in Kailua-Kona.

The theft offense charged to Stringert was in relation to a Sept. 25 incident where clothing and a skateboard was removed from a store in Kainaliu.

Stingert’s bail was set at $61,000.

Both Kaawa and Stringert will appear in court on Thursday.

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