Two arrests in connection with stolen mail investigation

Two Haiku women were arrested Saturday in a police investigation into mail stolen from Upcountry and Wailuku residences.

The arrests were made at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday after police received an anonymous report of a suspicious vehicle near Haleakala Highway and Makawao Avenue. The caller gave the license plate number of a red car occupied by two women who appeared to be looking into mailboxes, police said.

Officers, making checks at the residence of the car’s owner, stopped the vehicle fronting a residence on Kokomo Road in Haiku, police said. The vehicle owner, 38, gave police permission to search the vehicle and officers began finding mail in the car that didn’t belong to either woman, police said. Before officers could complete a search, the owner withdrew her consent to the search, and it was stopped, police said.

The car was impounded and towed to the Wailuku Police Station while police sought a warrant for a search.

The owner and a 40-year-old woman in the car were arrested, but both were released Monday pending further investigation.

Once the mail in the car is recovered, police plan to contact owners of the mail.

Residents can report missing mail by calling the police Criminal Investigation Division at 244-6425.