Hawaii Island police have arrested and charged a man in connection with the theft of a Jeep Wrangler stolen during the summer.
The Jeep was taken from the 92-1500 block of Keaka Parkway in Oceanview on August 24. The following day, a Kaʻu police officer observed the Jeep being driven by 37-year-old Lawrence K. Baldonado, who was wanted on two bench warrants for contempt of court. When the officer attempted to stop Baldonado, he fled in a reckless manner, crashed into a metal gate and abandoned the vehicle.
Baldonado was located at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in Pahala. He was arrested and charged with two counts of contempt of court with bail set at $4,000. He was also arrested on suspicion of other offenses connected to the stolen Jeep and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.
At 9 a.m. Friday, Baldonado was charged with second-degree theft, resisting an order to stop, reckless driving, and driving without a license. His bail on those offenses was set at $26,000. He remains the cellblock pending a court appearance on Monday, Nov. 9.