Serendipity helps in KPD bust

Sometimes, good police work has an element of serendipity to it.

According to Kaua’i Police Department officials, Officer Lucas Hamberg was investigating a complaint on the North Shore Tuesday when he happened upon a receipt in a car.

According to KPD officials, it was allegedly a charge made on a card owned by Scott Manier, a visitor from Oregon who literally minutes later would phone in his own police complaint that he and fellow travelers Trent Trautman and Brendon Trautman had been robbed.

As a result of the quick chain of events, KPD officers Karen Kapua and Danny Creamer arrested Clinton James Haness.

Haness, 34, who told police he lives in Kilauea, was charged with two counts of violating a protective order and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, in connection with a separate incident.

Haness was arrested Tuesday trying to board a flight to Honolulu at Lihu’e Airport with a ticket purchased with Manier’s credit card.

According to KPD arrest records, Haness was charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree theft, and fraudulent use of a credit card, in connection with the Manier-Trautman robbery.

Haness allegedly entered the Hanalei home of Don and Holly Lazo, and removed items from the room the Oregon visitors were staying in.

He was also charged with second-degree criminal trespassing in connection with an incident that occurred Monday night.

The Garden Island was unable to establish the aggregate bail set on Haness, or whether or not he was released after the arrest.

The bail amount set on the burglary charge was $5,000, and $1,000 on the charge of fraudulent use of a credit card, according to the KPD arrest records.

Hamberg’s was not the only twist in this karmic Kaua’i story of legal and personal convergence.

On Monday, while hiking Na Pali Coast for an overnight visit, Manier and Trent Trautman pulled a man and his 10-year-old son out of the rough waters at Hanakapi’ai Beach.

Wednesday night, the Lazos and the Oregon surf pilgrims went to Kintaro Japanese Restaurant in Wailua, where they ran into the same man and boy they had rescued earlier that week.

According to Holly Lazo, the man slapped down $200 to pay for their meal.


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