SANTA MARIA ( — A 44-year-old man is suspected of stealing jewelry and property from various women in Santa Barbara County, authorities warned the public on Thursday.

According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Stephen Keawe Kekuewa — who usually goes by the name Keawe or “Pineapple” — has allegedly conned his way into the homes of multiple women and used the opportunity to steal from them.

In some cases, Kekuewa identified himself as a former Navy SEAL who owns a lighting company and various high-end properties and ranches around the country, including a location next to the Reagan Ranch, detectives said.

He is believed to have temporarily removed door locks from several of the homes in order for a locksmith to duplicate keys to each property. While the women were away, Kekuewa allegedly entered the homes and took naps on the floor, washed his clothes and stole other items.

Detectives described Kekuewa as a transient who is living out of his 2001 black Chevrolet Tahoe. He is reported to be a very suave and skilled story teller who often meets his victims at local bars.

On March 10, he was cited for being an unlicensed driver, having an expired vehicle registration in excess of one year and for displaying false registration tabs. Authorities subsequently impounded the Tahoe.

To date, deputies are aware of at least five incidents involving Kekuewa.

The case has been sent to the district attorney’s office for review and filing of charges.

Authorities believe there are more victims located both in and out of Santa Barbara County.

Anyone who has information regarding this case, or may have received a gift from Kekuewa, has been urged to contact the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Anonymous Tip Line at (805) 681-4171.


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