An alleged Kona car thief was caught and charged
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An alleged Kona car thief was caught and charged

A 33-year-old Kailua-Kona man has been arrested and charged with multiple crimes stemming from a series of vehicle thefts in Kona.

When officers responded to a report of a stolen 2020 Jeep Wrangler at 75-5700 Lanakoi Place Friday morning, they observed the Jeep leaving the area and that it was being driven by Nakalohe Gersaba, who was a suspect in multiple recent vehicle thefts.

When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, Gersaba allegedly refused commands to stop and fled the area, driving recklessly.

Gersaba drove the stolen vehicle to the end of a cul-de-sac in the Kealakehe subdivision, where he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

Officers located Gersaba hiding in a nearby residence, which he entered without permission. When attempting to arrest Gersaba, he allegedly resisted and demanded that three officers put him in handcuffs.

A glass pipe and a package containing approximately 2 grams of methamphetamine were allegedly found in Gersab’s possession.

At the time of his arrest, Gersaba was already wanted by police as a suspect in at least seven vehicle theft investigations in Kona over the past week.

On Sunday, Gersaba was charged with numerous crimes, including eight counts of unauthorized control of a powered vehicle (car theft) and 10 other crimes.

Gersaba’s initial bail was set at $545,000.

Gersaba is in custody at the Kealakehe Police Station.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call police at the non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311. They can also contact Detective Donovan Kohara at (808) 960-3118 or by email at [email protected].