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Woman charged with theft of gun from Oahu prison restroom

  • DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

    Janelle Newcomb

Prosecutors charged a 35-year-old woman for allegedly stealing an officer’s handgun at Oahu Community Correctional Center.

Janelle Newcomb was charged Thursday.

She was a pre-trial detainee who was released from OCCC on Oct. 13 after her case was dismissed in court.

Sometime after 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Newcomb returned to prison to pick up her personal items when she allegedly stole a correctional officer’s .38 revolver, left unattended in a public restroom at the main entrance, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

When the officer returned for it, the firearm was gone.

Police and sheriffs began a search for Newcomb and the gun after it was reported missing.

Police located Newcomb in Waikiki and arrested her at 7 p.m. Thursday. Officers also recovered the missing gun.

Newcomb is charged with first-degree theft and is being held in lieu of $11,000 bail.

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