Friday, September 14, 2001

Pat Tomasu, from District 5 Burglary Theft Detail,
measured yesterday some of the articles recovered
by police in a lawn ornament theft case. Two
suspects are in custody.

Police arrest lawn ornament
theft suspects, find stolen goods

By Pat Gee

Honolulu police have arrested a man and a woman who they suspect stole dozens of lawn ornaments from homes in East Honolulu since last month.

Police recovered 50 items on Wednesday in the garage of the Diamond Head Road home where the suspects live.

Police said the two suspects were living in a van on the property of a friend. On Tuesday a neighbor reported seeing a male emerge from a residence located in another part of Diamond Head, carrying a number of items and riding away in a small, tan compact car driven by the female, according to Detective Howard Ishida.

Police located the owner of the car and found that the car was being used by the suspects. Police said the male suspect is the same suspect who was involved in the theft of bonsai trees in East Honolulu about two years ago.

Police are inviting victims of theft in the East Honolulu area or others who have lost lawn ornaments to view and, perhaps, identify the recovered pieces tomorrow in the main police station at 801 S. Beretania Street at noon.

Owners of stolen items are asked to bring their police report number and photos of their stolen items to identify their property, said Detective Letha DeCaires. Visitors are required to show a photo identification card to enter the building.

Anyone with information about these cases may call Detective Ishida at 529-3035. Anonymous calls are taken on the CrimeStoppers Hotline, 955-8300.

Star-Bulletin reporter Rod Antone contributed to this report.

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