In early October of last year, on two separate nights, a thief entered my fenced property and stole 150 to 200 green mangoes from my tree, an all-to-common crime experienced by many Mauians. On the second night, however, the culprit was caught in the act and confronted by my neighbor. The rat fled, but my neighbor was able to identify him, as well as details of his vehicle. The description my neighbor gave to the police matched that of the individual to whom the vehicle was registered and his address was determined from DMV records.
Four frustrating months have now passed with no apparent action from the Maui Police Department or the DA’s office. During this period, I have visited the police and DA’s office once each and have called the DA for progress reports seven times, including a fruitless conversation with seemingly uninterested staffer.
Meanwhile, the rat who robbed me is uncharged, undoubtedly pleased that he apparently got away with his crime and plotting his next trespass and theft.
I can’t help but wonder if the “wheels of justice” might turn a bit faster in my case were I well-heeled and well-connected.