Waimea Woman Charged in Stolen Vehicle Incidents
Five charges have been filed against a 33-year-old Waimea woman in connection to a stolen rental car and a stolen personal van.
The Hawai’i Police Department reports that on May 11, a Nissian Altima was taken from a rental car company on Kupipi Street in Kailua-Kona.
A week later, on Wednesday, May 18, Kona Patrol officers making checks for the stolen car spotted it traveling north on Kealaka’a Street in Kailua-Kona.
HPD says that officers tried to stop the woman, but the vehicle continued at a high rate of speed into a school zone and a residential area.
The vehicle was located a short time later parked on the 74-1200 block of Ililoa Sreet. There, officers arrested 33-year-old Elaine Nicole Abbot.
Abbot was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. She was taken to the Kona Police cellblock while Area II Criminal Investigations Section detectives continued to investigate.
Further investigation determined that Abbot was also the suspect in the theft of a Chevrolet Uplander from the 65-1200 block of Opelu Road in Waimea on May 5.
Abbot was charged on Friday with two count of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and one count each of resisting an order to stop, reckless driving, and driving without a license.
Bail for Abbot was set at $5,500. She will make her initial court appearance on Monday.