The discovery of a stolen truck on Tuesday led to the arrest and charging today of two men for a previously unsolved Aug. 4 robbery in Kailua-Kona.
Hawaii County police said on Aug. 4, a 32-year-old Kailua-Kona man was robbed of his bag in a shopping center parking lot near Kuakini Highway and Palani Road.
On Tuesday, police officers spotted a pickup truck in Kailua-Kona that had been reporrted stolen Monday from a Papala Place home in Kailua-Kona.
Officers arrested Alihilani Stringert, 28, and a 37-year-old woman, both of Kailua-Kona, on suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.
Stringert was also arrested on suspicion of the robbery and other offenses. The woman was released Wednesday without charges.
Stringert was charged today Wednesday with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, two counts of robbery and one count of theft. The second count of robbery was for a Sept. 10 purse-snatching from a Captain Cook woman in Kailua-Kona. The theft charge was for a Sept. 25 theft of a skateboard and clothing from a Kainaliu store.
His bail was set at $61,000.
Meanwhile police arrested Tuesday Christiansan cqKaawa, 25, on suspicion of the Aug. 4 robbery.
He was charged with robbery and his bail was set at $25,000.
It is unclear how the stolen truck led to Kaawa’s arrest.
Kaawa and Stringert are scheduled to appear in court Thursday.