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HPD Charges Kona Man for Theft, Drugs

May 4, 2020, 1:38 PM HST
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Paul Ebel. PC: HPD

A Kailua-Kona man has been arrested for several offenses including property crimes following an incident last week.

On April 30, at about 2:20 a.m., Hawai‘i County Police observed a man dressed in dark-colored clothing damaging and removing items from a property located on the 76-6000 block of Kuakini Highway in Kailua-Kona.

Upon seeing officers, Paul Ebel, 52, immediately ran away on foot, police said in a media release. Officers gave pursuit but lost him in the heavy brush. Shortly after that, officers located a vehicle parked along Lako St., in which they noticed a partially opened trunk containing two five-gallon gas containers, the release continued.

Officers located Ebel on Lako St. and took him into custody. After obtaining consent to search the vehicle, gasoline tanks, a funnel, hoses, dark-colored clothing and various tools commonly used for theft (bolt cutter, crowbar and gloves) were located, police said.

Also located was an “immeasurable amount” of a crystal-like substance within a glass smoking pipe and a sandwich-sized zip lock baggie containing a crystal-like residue, weighing 2.6 grams. Both tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine, according to police.

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Ebel was arrested for one count of Criminal Property Damage, one count of Theft, one count of Attempted Theft, one count of Promoting a Dangerous Drug and one count of Mandatory Quarantine (Emergency Proclamation) from a business establishment.

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Working in conjunction with the Kona Prosecutor’s Office, Ebel was later charged for the following offenses: Criminal Property Damage 1, Theft I, Attempted Theft 3, Promoting a Dangerous Drug 3, Mandatory Quarantine. Total Bail is set at $37,000.

Ebel remains in police custody at the Kealakehe Police Station Cellblock pending his initial court appearance in July 2020.

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