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Kona man arrested and charged in alleged car theft

Kona man arrested and charged in alleged car theft
Big Island Video News

Jesse Travis Ralston, by HPD

Big Island police have arrested and charged a Kona man in connection with the theft of a car in May.

The 1995 Honda Accord was stolen from a home in the Seaview subdivision in Kailua-Kona sometime between 6 p.m. May 14 and 6:30 a.m. May 15.

Police recovered the Honda on May 15, after a South Kohala patrol officer made a traffic stop on the driver in Waimea. The driver fled the area on foot and was able to evade officers.

Weeks of investigation led to the identity of a suspect, 22-year-old Jesse Travis Ralston of Kailua-Kona. He was located and arrested at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday (July 17) in Kailua-Kona and held in the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 10:15 a.m. Thursday (July 19), detectives charged Ralston with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. He was released Thursday night after posting $2,000 bail.

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