Stolen Car Arrest Leads to Burglary Arrest
A man arrested this week in Ocean View in connection with a stolen car has been linked to the burglary of a business in the same area.
A Ford Bronco was stolen from a home on the 92-8800 block of Lotus Blossom Lane in Ocean View sometime between Feb. 10 and Feb. 11.
On Tuesday, Feb. 21, Kaʻu Patrol officers observed 21-year-old Shane Faustina of Ocean View near the stolen Bronco. An investigation determined that he had been the operator of the vehicle.
Faustina was arrested and charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $30,000.
While Faustina was being held at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance on Wednesday, Feb. 22, officers in Kaʻu determined that he was also responsible for a burglary on Feb. 21 at a business on the 92-8700 block of Hawaiʻi Boulevard in Ocean View. In that incident, forced entry had been made shortly before 2 a.m. and three bottles of liquor had been stolen.
Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.
At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Faustina was charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree theft and fourth-degree criminal property damage. His bail on those offenses was set at $12,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance on those charges, which is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24.