PEARL HARBOR (HawaiiNewsNow) - A bus driver for Polynesian Adventure Tours is accused of stealing from his passengers while they were visiting Pearl Harbor.
Sources tell Hawaii News Now valuable personal belongings and cash were among the items that were reportedly stolen.
The alleged incident happened while a group of 26 people were visiting the U.S.S Arizona Memorial on Saturday. Guests can only bring
inside whatever can fit into their pockets, which is why Polynesian Adventure Tours president Sandy Weir says tour drivers tell passengers not to leave their valuables on the bus -- but rather to check them into a locker on site.
31-year-old bus driver Robbi Rone Gouveia is accused of stealing from his passengers while they were inside the Memorial. Sources say
several people discovered they were missing belongings on the way to the airport.
"At approximately 1:15 p.m. sheriffs arrested an individual at the airport on six counts of theft in the second degree. The case is an
on-going investigation that has been transfered to the Attorney General's office. The person was released pending an investigation. No charges have been filed at this time," said Department of Public Safety spokesperson Toni Schwartz.
Tour officials say Gouveia has been a company employee for several years and has no prior incidents. They say he felt so alarmed by the
accusation he contacted dispatch himself and requested they call the sheriff's office.
Visitor industry officials say the situation is highly unusual.
"Our office everyday deals with visitors who were victims of a crime -- that's the only thing we do. This is the first time that we have
ever heard of a bus driver allegedly stealing from the passengers on the bus. If this allegation is true, it's very disappointing," said Jessica Rich, President of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai'i (VASH).
Company officials say there are no cameras on the bus. They say they're fully cooperating with the on-going investigation.
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