- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Police say a Hilo man stole ukuleles (OO’-coo-leh-lehs) and government vehicles.

Blue Kela is charged with stealing six ukuleles from a downtown Hilo store after breaking into the building on July 31. Police also allege he stole two Jeep Cherokees belonging to Hawaii County in August.

Last week, the state Department of Agriculture reported a white Dodge Dakota pickup truck was stolen, with the thief ramming a chain-link fence to drive away with the vehicle.

Police said Thursday that Kela was later seen with the truck, which had the state logos removed from the front doors. A subsequent investigation revealed he was allegedly responsible for the ukulele (OO’-coo-leh-leh) and county vehicle thefts.

He’s charged with theft, burglary and other crimes.

His defense attorney couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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