Capt. Cook man charged in stolen truck case
A Captain Cook man has been charged with numerous offenses stemming from the investigation of a stolen pickup truck, according to Big Island police.
On Oct. 21, police responded to a report that a 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck had been stolen while it was parked along Mamalahoa Highway in Captain Cook.
Police investigation led to the recovery of the stolen truck from a parking lot in Kealakekua on Jan. 3. Police executed a search warrant on the truck and recovered 8 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a glass pipe with residue, and a loaded handgun. Further investigation led to the identity of the person who had control of the truck.
On Tuesday, police arrested 32-year-old Joshua Watan of Captain Cook. He was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.
On Thursday, he was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, theft, meth trafficking, promoting a dangerous drug, drug paraphernalia, five firearm offenses, four counts of violating release on bail and first-degree terroristic threatening for making a threat to a law enforcement officer while in custody. His bail was set at $184,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Friday.
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