A Honoka'a man is in police custody in connection with a theft from a visitor's rental car, according to Big Island police.
Just after 1 p.m. Monday, a 58-year-old visitor from Henryville, Indiana, reported that as he was returning to his unlocked rental car parked near a shopping center in Honoka?a, he saw a man leaning in through the passenger door, removing cash from the console and fleeing on foot.
About 15 minutes later, police located the suspect, identified as Jovin Baba Batalona. He was arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.
At 2:05 p.m. Tuesday, Batalona was charged with unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle and third-degree theft. His bail was set at $11,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.