Kailua man arrested in string of crimes

An East Maui man was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with his alleged involvement in a series of crimes, including two vehicle thefts, that began two weeks ago, police said.

William Naweli, 46, of Kailua was charged with two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle. Bail was set at $5,000.

The first incident occurred on Oct. 19 when a woman reported that her car was missing near Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului, police said. The car was found abandoned three days later at Kahului Airport.

A second incident occurred at 2:37 p.m. Monday, when police responded to a report of family abuse involving Naweli at the Maui Humane Society in Puunene. Naweli fled before police could arrive, and an all-points bulletin was issued for his arrest, police said.

At 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Crime Reduction Unit officers identified and arrested Naweli, who was sitting in a white, Ford pickup truck at the Krispy Kreme parking lot in Kahului. Inside the truck, which did not belong to Naweli, police found stolen construction tools and another person’s passport, police said.

Naweli admitted to stealing the truck on Monday near the Central Maui Baseyard, before taking the other items, police said. The construction tools were reported stolen from a storage shed at Maui Joinery in South Maui and a Kihei home under construction.

The passport belonged to a woman from Tokyo. It was taken between 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday when Naweli reached into her car and grabbed it, police said.