Report of people seen staking out houses nets three arrests

Police arrested three men and recovered a stolen truck and other belongings in an investigation that began Wednesday morning when a caller reported the occupants of a suspicious white Toyota pickup staking out houses in the Cliffs of Kahakuloa neighborhood.

While responding to the 10:40 a.m. report, officers saw the truck in Waihee. It had been reported stolen earlier that morning from Kahului.

Police said the driver tried to evade officers, with the truck fleeing into old macadamia nut fields in Waihee, where officers lost sight of the vehicle. When the truck was located, it had items loaded in the bed that appeared to be stolen, police said.

An officer searched the Cliffs at Kahakuloa neighborhood, locating a home that appeared to have been burglarized and learning that the description of some stolen property matched items found in the stolen truck, police said. The Arizona residents who own the burglarized home estimated the value of their stolen items at well more than $10,000.

Through an investigation, police learned that the driver of the stolen truck had used the nickname “Poke.” He was identified as Travis “Poke,” or “Popoke,” Lee Carvalho, 28, of Wailuku. His passenger was identified as Casey Ogawa, 20, of Wailuku.

Both men were arrested Thursday along with Floyd Nahinu, 49, of Wailuku. Police said Nahinu allowed Carvalho and Ogawa to hide at his residence while knowing they were wanted by police.

Police said Carvalho and Ogawa admitted their involvement in the crimes.

Bail was set at $28,430 for Carvalho, who was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, first-degree burglary, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, possessing drug paraphernalia and refusing an order to stop a motor vehicle. He also was arrested on seven criminal contempt-of-court warrants.

Ogawa was charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, refusing an order to stop a motor vehicle and failure to appear. His bail was set at $25,000.

Nahinu was charged with first-degree hindering prosecution and was arrested on three criminal contempt-of-court warrants. His bail was set at $6,000.