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Hawai‘i Island Theft Suspect Arrested on Multiple Charges

September 25, 2017, 12:20 PM HST
* Updated September 25, 12:22 PM
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Kawika Buckland. HPD photo.

Hawaiʻi Island police report that Kawika Buckland, 20, was arrested for the offense of Theft 2 after Puna Patrol officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.

Responding officers observed Buckland sleeping in the driver’s seat of the vehicle which was determined to be stolen.

Other items that were observed in the vehicle were stolen from several other vehicles that were reported to have been broken into during the early morning hours of Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in the Orchidland subdivision.

On Friday, Sept. 22, Detectives from the Area 1 Criminal Investigation Section conferred with the prosecutor’s office and Kawika Buckland was charged with the offenses of Unauthorized Control of a Propelled Vehicle, three counts of Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle, two counts of Unauthorized Control of Personal Confidential Information, two counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, one count of Identity Theft in the Third Degree, two counts of Theft in the Third Degree and three counts of Theft in the Fourth Degree.

Buckland is being held at the Hilo cellblock in lieu of $16,750 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday, Sept. 25, in District Court.

This information was provided by the authorities. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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