Kauai police arrested two men in separate incidents and are asking the public to remain vigilant in helping locate suspects involved in property crimes.
“In both arrests, community involvement was critical in locating the suspects and we are grateful for the information provided to us,” said Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry.
Shortly before midnight on Thursday, police responded to a report of a man acting suspiciously in the Hanamaulu area. According to the caller, the man was pulling on vehicle door handles parked along the roadway, seemingly in an attempt to break in. A short time later, the man was reported under a vehicle on Laukona Street.
Police responded and located 18-year-old Rickson Johnny of Lihue. Johnny was arrested and charged with first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. He was released on $1,000 bail. His trial is set for June 6.
Around 2 p.m., also Thursday, police were heading north on Kuhio Highway in Waipouli when they saw Brandon Brown-Ho, who was wanted in connection with a property crime.
Police said the crime occurred on Feb. 15, when a suspect entered a residential property in Kilauea. Brown-Ho allegedly broke into a storage shed and stole equipment. Surveillance footage helped police to identify the suspect as Brown-Ho, 31, of Kapaa.
Detectives initiated an arrest when they observed Brown-Ho drive onto Hoi Road, behind the Kauai Village shopping center. He was taken into custody on charges of second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal trespass, and second-degree theft. Brown-Ho was arraigned on Friday.
“While we realize there is more work to do in solving property crimes, we will continue to work together with the public in hopes of holding criminals responsible and, more importantly, accountable for their unlawful acts,” Perry said.
The Kauai Police Department urges anyone who observes a crime or suspicious activity to call police immediately. Anyone with further information on these individuals is urged to call at 241-1711. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at 246-8300.