Hilo man, 37, charged with stealing state truck

Published On: Oct 11 2013 10:32:58 AM HST

Eddie Paaluhi Poai

HILO, Hawaii -

Big Island police say they have charged a 37-year-old Hilo man with several offenses involving a vehicle that was stolen from a repair shop in Hilo in July.

On July 5 at about 7:06 a.m., police responded to a repair shop on Pohaku Street after employees discovered that a vehicle being repaired, a Ford pickup truck registered to the State of Hawai'i, was missing.  Police recovered surveillance footage from the business.

On Oct. 3 at about 4:50 p.m., the same truck was allegedly involved in a separate theft incident and was recovered by police.  Detectives continued the investigation after discovering descriptors that led them to believe the truck was stolen.

Detectives worked with agents from the National Insurance Crime Bureau and were able to verify that the vehicle identification number plate and license plate were from another Ford truck.  Detectives were then able to identify the truck as the one that had been stolen from the repair shop.

At 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Eddie Paaluhi Poai with two counts of first-degree unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, fraudulent use of a license plate and altering a motor vehicle serial number. His bail was set at $22,000. He was scheduled to make his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon.

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