Wallet turned in to police never claimed
I wish to know if a wallet I found and turned in to the Honolulu Police Department made it back to its owner. While waiting to cross Salt Lake Boulevard at Ala Oli Street around 6 p.m. Feb. 10, I saw a wallet fall out of a car. I turned it in to an officer outside of HPD headquarters at 6:15 a.m. Feb. 11. He did not take my name nor contact information. The wallet contained cash and the driver's license had the name of Christopher Wayne Bonilla of Kauai.
Answer: Lt. William Chur, of HPD's Records Division, said he had no explanation as to why your name and number were not taken.
"Normally, that would be one of the first questions that would be asked," he said. The police report said an "anonymous person" turned in the wallet.
Chur believes that, "because it's so clear who the wallet belonged to, the officer didn't think there was a possibility that whoever it belonged to would not retrieve his items."
In any case, "a proper police report was made" and HPD sent a letter to the owner telling him he had so many days to retrieve the property, Chur said.
As of last week, when we spoke with Chur, it had not been collected. So, in case Christopher Wayne Bonilla still hasn't gotten his wallet back, contact HPD.
When the owner of a found item is not known and the item is not claimed within 45 days, the property can revert to the finder (Kokua Line, Feb. 14, 2001). The owner is known, but call Chur and he can note in the record that you were the finder.
Q: I just wanted to know if there is a number I can call to report seeing people leaving shopping carts away from the shopping center and in the neighborhood I live in.
A: Retailers we've talked to in the past whose shopping carts were carted off, then abandoned, ask the public just to call their nearest stores.
To the Honolulu Police Department and its officers. We have two daughters who live on Oahu and have visited your beautiful island many times. During our visit over New Year's, we had a devastating experience. While visiting Sunset Beach, my wife's purse was stolen from our vehicle and we figured there was little chance of recovery. As soon as we reported it to an officer, immediate action was taken.
Within less than an hour, the thieves were caught and, with the exception of a diamond engagement ring, all our possessions were returned. We want to express our deep appreciation to HPD, the Wahiawa station in particular, for their top-notch effort: beginning with officer Kenney and many others and ending with Detectives Tomita and Natividad.
Their professionalism, kindness and emotional support was far beyond our expectations. May God bless you all. -- Gene and Maggie Harlor, Marengo, Ohio
We checked with HPD and got the full names of those involved: Officer Thomas Kenney, with District 2's Patrol, and Detectives Ken Tomita and Laura Natividad,* of District 2's Theft Zone.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
LAURA, NOT LANI
Detective Laura Natividad should have been credited in a March 1 "Mahalo" sent by theft victims grateful for the Honolulu Police Department's aid. HPD identified Joann "Lani" Natividad as one of the detectives cited, but she tells us she is a supervisor in police dispatch and "Laura is the one that did the hard work. ... People often mix up our names."
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