Man charged in car theft that led to evacuation

A man suspected of stealing a rental car from Ahihi Bay was arrested Monday afternoon, following the discovery of blasting caps in the car that led to the evacuation of some Kihei residents.

Alan Hudcovic, 38, of Waikapu was charged with second-degree theft and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

He was arrested Monday afternoon in Wailuku while driving another stolen car, police said.

Hudcovic was identified as the driver of a 2012 black Ford Fusion that was stolen at about noon Sunday from the gravel parking lot at Ahihi Bay in the Makena area while its occupants were at the beach, police said. Belongings including the key to the car had been stolen from the beach.

Police located the car at about 10:45 p.m. Sunday at the Villas at Kenolio on Halili Lane in Kihei after a woman began tracking her cellphone that had been left in the vehicle. While processing the car, police saw a black backpack inside. The blasting caps were seen in the vehicle, leading police to evacuate the apartment complex and other nearby buildings.

The area remained cordoned off until about 2 p.m. Monday, when an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit from Oahu arrived and secured the blasting caps for proper disposal, police said.

Bail for Hudcovic was set at $10,000 for the charges of theft and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. He also was arrested on a $5,000 warrant for probation violation.