HAWAII, Hawaii — Police say five men have been arrested for allegedly running a haiti-based cash-and-carry operation that stole more than $500,000 from residents and businesses in the state.
A press release from the Honolulu Police Department says police received tips in December 2016 that five men were allegedly involved in a haitial money laundering and drug trafficking operation.
The suspects allegedly were operating in several areas of Hilo and in Kailua and Lanakila counties, and in Kapolei and Hilo counties.
Police say police responded to a call at about 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 from an anonymous caller who reported that the suspects had robbed a business in the city of Hana, and that they had also taken money from residents in Kaituna and Lanai counties.
Police were able to track down the suspects and arrest them at about 6:30 p.t. in the morning.
Police also say the suspects used fraudulent documents to obtain credit cards and money for the transactions, and the suspects allegedly received money through fraudulent credit cards.
Police say the stolen money was used to purchase a car in Kapalei County, and it is unclear whether the vehicle was used in the robbery.
Police said the five men face charges of criminal possession of a firearm, conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy for money laundering conspiracy and money laundering.