Alleged accomplice in jewelry store robbery arrested

Surveillance video during the attempted robbery.
Surveillance video during the attempted robbery.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Waipahu man that police say may have been involved in the attempted robbery of the Zales jewelry story in Waikele this month, was arrested Wednesday.

Karl H. Acosta, 46, is in the police cellblock pending charges.

On April 9, two men donned masks and used a shotgun and a hammer in an effort to rob the jewelry store at the Waikele Premium Outlets.

Investigators say the men stormed into the Zales Outlet at about 8:40 p.m., and one of them struck several display cases with a hammer to try to get to the jewelry inside.

When that failed, the second suspect reportedly fired a shotgun at the display cases, but the glass still didn't shatter enough for the pair to gain access to the merchandise.

Those two men are still at large.

Acosta is accused of picking up the two robbers after they burned their stolen getaway car.

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