Hundreds of vehicles abandoned in Kona, police search for those responsible

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Hawaii Island police are asking the public for help identifying individuals or businesses responsible for the dumping of abandoned and derelict vehicles.

Since Jan. 1, approximately 280 abandoned or derelict vehicles have been reported in the Kona district alone, compared to 106 reported during the same period in 2015.

“Be on the lookout for private or business vehicles that may be dumping vehicles on the sides of our roadways,” said Sgt. Roylen Valera of the Kona Community Policing Section.

Dumping a vehicle is a criminal offense punishable by up to a $1,000 fine.

Additionally, offenders could face a criminal littering charge, which is a petty misdemeanor and carries a fine of up to $1,000 and community service.

“We would like to remind vehicle owners to complete the necessary paperwork if they dispose or transfer their vehicle to another person or entity, to ensure that they will not be liable for the vehicle if it is found abandoned on the side of the road,” Valera said. “If the paperwork is not completed, you will be responsible for any fines or towing charges.”

Police ask anyone who knows the identity of those who dump abandoned or derelict vehicles to call the police department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Valera at 326-4646, extension 259.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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