Three Maui residents are free today after posting bail on charges of selling stolen Maui Bus passes. The items, normally priced at $4 each, were being sold by the suspects for $2. To add to the ease in catching them, the suspects sold them on line.
A Department of Transportation investigation from the County of Maui reported that at least one unknown individual was selling stolen $4 Maui Bus Passes for $2 on-line. Last Wednesday, October 29 at about 11:45 a.m., members of the Maui Police DepartmentCrime Reduction Unit and Wailuku Patrol Division conducted an investigation into this incident. Officers were able to find the Maui Bus passes for sale on a social media site.
Arrangements were made to meet at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center to purchase the bus passes from the suspect. An Officer, in plain clothes, was able to purchase the Maui Bus passes and subsequently placed the suspect, identified as 23 year-old Cole Santiago of Wailuku, under arrest. Further investigation revealed that one female suspect, 23 year-old Mikail H. Honokaupu, of Waiehu, and another male suspect, 53 year-old Anthony Davis of Wailuku, were also involved in selling the Maui Bus passes.
Officers recovered 31 Maui Bus passes valued at $124. All three suspects were arrested and charged for the offense of Theft in the Third Degree. Bail was set at $200 each. All three suspects were released on bail.