Hawaii Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area II
Lieutenant Robert Wagner
Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266
January 18, 2008
Report No. C08001397
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|Steven Vega||Ashley Larita|
|…charged in connection with a car break-in|
Big Island Police have arrested and charged two men in connection with a car break-in in Nuilii, North Kohala. On January 11, a car belonging to a tourist from California was entered and several items were removed.
Credit cards taken from the car were later used at a North Kohala gas station and two ATM machines. On Wednesday (January 16) South Kohala Patrol officers arrested 42-year-old Steven Vega and 29-year-old Ashley Larita, both of no permanent address. Police obtained a search warrant for the car the two men allegedly used in the crime and recovered a packet containing .2 grams of methamphetamine, a packet containing 2 grams of marijuana and a smoking pipe with a minute amount of methamphetamine. They also seized the car, valued at $1,095, for forfeiture.
On Thursday, Vega was charged with 12 counts of theft, 12 counts of identity theft, two counts of theft of a credit card, possession of confidential information, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug, promoting a detrimental drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $27,100.
Larita was charged with 12 counts of theft, 12 counts of identity theft, two counts theft of a credit card, possession of confidential information, promoting a dangerous drug, and possessing drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $26,000.
Both men are being held at the Kona police cellblock.