Hawaiʻi Island police charged a 35-year-old Puna woman last week with offenses stemming from two separate stolen vehicles.

After conferring with prosecutors, Mandy Alicuben was charged Thursday (September 22) with two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. Her bail was set at $20,000 and she was held in the Hilo police cellblock pending her initial court appearance Friday afternoon. She was also charged for an unrelated bench warrant for violating terms of a deferred plea.

On September 14, a 51-year-old Honokaa man reported that he was talking with three individuals in a parking lot of an establishment in Honokaʻa town, when one of the individuals, described as a local female, entered his Nissan pickup truck and drove off. The vehicle was located and recovered the next day in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Puna.

On September 20, a 20-year-old Puna woman reported that someone removed her Ford sedan from a home located in the Ainaloa Subdivision. On September 21, the vehicle was observed to be on Government Beach Road in the District of Puna.  Officers then contacted the female operator who was determined to be Alicuben. She was arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock.

Officers from the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit continued both investigations and determined that Alicuben was also responsible for taking the pickup truck from Honokaʻa.