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Authorities recover corrections officer's stolen gun, suspect arrested

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Janelle Newcomb (Image: Hawaii Department of Public Safety) Janelle Newcomb (Image: Hawaii Department of Public Safety)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A corrections officer's gun stolen Wednesday from an OCCC bathroom has been recovered.

The officer who works at the Oahu Community Corrections Center took the service weapon off in the bathroom and apparently forgot it. Multiple people went in after him, including a former pre-trial detainee who is now being described as a person of interest.

The state Sheriff's Department and the Honolulu Police Department were both called to investigate. HPD has opened a second-degree theft case.

Police previously identified a person of interest in the case: 35-year-old Janelle Newcomb, a former pre-trial detainee who was released from OCCC on Oct. 13 after her case was dismissed. She was at OCCC on Wednesday to pick up her belongings, and is said to have gone into the bathroom after the officer.

Newcomb was later arrested at a Waikiki bar around 7 p.m.

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