Social media helps Big Island man recover stolen truck

Courtesy: Maikai Piianaia.
Courtesy: Maikai Piianaia.

Social media came to the rescue in the case of a stolen truck on the Big Island.

According to police, a truck was reported stolen on Sunday from Waimea.

The victim’s son posted a photo of the truck on Facebook and Instagram. Several hours later, the truck was spotted by Emergency Medical Technicians in Kona.

The EMTs called police and the truck was recovered.

“I did expect to hear something about it. Like maybe they found the car that was, you know, dumped somewhere, but I never expected it to be on the road driving around,” said Maikai Piianaia, the victim’s son.

“I was surprised that they found it. At that speed, I think anybody would be surprised that they located it,” truck owner Norman Piianaia said.

Police arrested Kurt Russell Cardines of Kailua-Kona. He was charged with unauthorized control of a vehicle and driving with a suspended license.

His bail was set at $1,500.

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