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Police arrest man who stole good Samaritan's laptop satchel

A good Samaritan sprung into action to help a family in this SUV, not noticing when a thief swooped in to take the laptop case he'd left on the sidewalk. (Image: Jason Lees) A good Samaritan sprung into action to help a family in this SUV, not noticing when a thief swooped in to take the laptop case he'd left on the sidewalk. (Image: Jason Lees)
Mug shot of Metuisela Tautuiaki (Image: Honolulu Police Department) Mug shot of Metuisela Tautuiaki (Image: Honolulu Police Department)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Police have arrested a 32-year-old man for allegedly stealing a good Samaritan's laptop case at the scene of a Downtown Honolulu car crash.

Metui Tautuiaki was arrested Friday afternoon for second-degree theft and second-degree conspiracy to commit identify theft after turning himself in.

The good Samaritan, Randy Gonce, said he tossed his satchel to the sidewalk when he rushed to help the occupants of an SUV that overturned on King Street on Wednesday.

Gonce's laptop, with his graduate student research, was in the bag. So were credit cards and personal identification.

After helping the SUV's occupants out of the vehicle, Gonce returned to the sidewalk and realized his things had been taken. Gonce later found out that the thief had used his credit cards at Walgreens, Ross and Zippy's.

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