Thieves allegedly steal, then return vehicle’s computer
The Attorney General’s office has charged two men, alleging they stole a vehicle’s computer in March, 2013. Maluaifonua Mamatuki and Tevita Tenefufu are each charged with felony stealing.
According to the government’s case, on March 25, 2013 police visited the CBT Hardware in Tafuna doing follow up investigation regarding a stealing case. It’s alleged the owners of the vehicle told police the computer to their Chevy truck that was parked at the shop (CBT Hardware) had been removed. CBT provided the video footage to the police.
The incident came to light when the mechanic who was working on the vehicle couldn’t start it, and discovered the computer to the engine was missing.
Court filings say that the mechanic spoke to two Filipino men who were also working on the car regarding the whereabouts of the vehicle computer, however the two men said they were not aware of the computer.
According to the government’s case, when the police were viewing the video footage, one of the CBT employees recognized Mamatuki, who worked at a wholesale store nearby.
Police visited Mamatuki who allegedly admitted to police that he was with Tenefufu when Tenefufu unplugged the vehicle’s computer and handed to him. It’s alleged Tenefufu said he was looking at the truck that was for sale and saw it was a Chevy truck. It’s further alleged he then went to the truck, unplugged the computer and gave it to Mamatuki.
Tenefufu informed police that he would return the vehicle computer to the owner, which he did. The pair are represented by the Public Defender’s office in this case.
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