KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hundreds of old, run down vehicles are turning up in Kona, and police on the Big Island are asking for your help to put an end to it.
Since the start of the year, roughly 280 abandoned cars have been found in the Kona District, police say. At this same time last year, the total was 106.
Police are asking for the public's help to identify whoever is responsible for dumping the cars.
"Our goal is to preserve the beauty of Hawaii Island," said Sgt. Roylen Valera of the Kona Community Policing Section. "We would like to remind vehicle owners to complete the necessary paperwork if they dispose or transfer their vehicle to another person or entity, to ensure that they will not be liable for the vehicle if it is found abandoned on the side of the road,"
Dumping a vehicle is a criminal offense. Violators could face a $1,000 fine and a possible criminal littering charge that includes mandatory community service.
Anyone with tips is asked to call the police department at 935-3311. To remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300.