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

March 24, 2022, 5:58 PM HST
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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.

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.

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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.

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

“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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