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Saturday, February 15, 2003



Police find graveyard
of stolen vehicles


Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department helicopter pilots discovered more than two dozen stolen and/or abandoned vehicles near Kapaa Quarry Road earlier this week.

Police said about 25 cars were in an area near the quarry, which could not be accessed without a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

There were 10 vehicles identified as stolen, 14 more that could not be identified as stolen because of damage and one vehicle that was in pieces, according to police.

"All the vehicles had their tires removed, windows smashed in," said Capt. Alan Arita. "All major components like the stereos were missing, also."

HPD helicopter crews were checking the area based on information gathered by Windward Oahu Crime Reduction Unit officers that there were stolen cars in the brush area off of Kapaa Quarry Road.

Arita said that officers in the helicopter spotted several vehicles but could not land to check out the rest of the area. Auto theft detail detectives were called in and found the rest of the cars.



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