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Mountain View Man Arrested, Charged For Property Crimes, Drug Offenses

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A Mountain View man faces several charges, including drug offenses, after a suspicious vehicle was reported in a Puna neighborhood.

According to a media release from the Hawai‘i Police Department, 25-year-old Mikaele Leslie Carvalho was arrested and charged Tuesday, March 22, with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, second-degree theft, unauthorized entry to a motor vehicle, possession of a dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia.

According to police, officers responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle Monday, March 21, in the area of Ihope Road in Puna discovered Carvalho asleep in the driver seat of a vehicle with the key in the ignition. A female, 18-year-old Shayla-Rae Pomroy of Hilo, was asleep in the passenger seat. The vehicle was later determined to be stolen from Kailua-Kona.

Officers discovered a drug-related glass smoking pipe in the vehicle that contained methamphetamine and arrested Carvalho and Pomroy.

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Special Enforcement Unit investigators served a search warrant on the stolen vehicle and discovered a wallet that was stolen from a different vehicle located on Po‘okela Street in Hilo. Police were already investigating a reported vehicle break-in that occurred Monday at that location, according to the release.

Carvalho’s bail was set at $60,000 and he appeared Wednesday, March 23, in Hilo District Court. Pomroy was later released pending further investigation in the drug-related arrest.

Police are taking this opportunity to remind the public to continue to call in suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

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“It helps us keep our neighborhoods safer if the public reports suspicious activity,” said Assistant Police Chief for East Hawai‘i Kenneth Quiocho in the media release. “This arrest and suppression of a potential crime spree was made possible because someone called in something as simple as a suspicious vehicle parked where they were not supposed to be.”

Police encourage the public to call in suspicious activity to the department’s nonemergency line at 808-935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 808-961-8300.

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