WAIKOLOA, Hawaii: The following media release is from the Hawaii County Police Department:
Big Island police have charged a 55-year-old Waikoloa woman with identity theft and seven other offenses in connection with the theft of various items from a 91-year-old family member.
South Kohala patrol officers responded to Waikoloa Village Monday (April 16) to a report that the suspect had stolen jewelry and cash from a 91-year-old woman who was visiting from California. When officers attempted to arrest the suspect, she allegedly resisted arrest and assaulted a police officer by striking him in the chest. The officer did not require medical attention.
Janice Feeney, who has no permanent address but lives in the Waikoloa area, was arrested and held at the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation. Detectives executed a search warrant Wednesday (April 18) at the condominium where Feeney had been staying and recovered additional property belonging to the victim.
At 7:10 p.m. Wednesday (April 18), detectives charged Feeney with second-degree theft, fourth-degree theft, identity theft, theft of a credit card, fraudulent use of a credit card, unauthorized possession of personal information, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. Her bail was set at $14,000.
She remained at the police cellblock until her initial court appearance Thursday (April 19).