Farm Thefts 04/14/99

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
COMMUNITY POLICING TEAM
OFFICER NIXON D. MEDINA
PHONE: 961-2395
APRIL 14, 1999

MEDIA RELEASE

Big Island police report that there have been a number of thefts of farm equipment and gardening supplies over the past six months. They are asking for the public’s help in solving the thefts, which have occurred in the Wainaku, Papaikou, Honomu and Pepeekeo areas of the South Hilo and Hamakua Districts.

The items stolen include a tiller, pressure washer, backpack sprayer, lumber and fencing materials such as posts and wire.

To curtail such thefts, Community Policing Officer Nixon Medina urged farmers and gardeners to secure their equipment or remove it from the field. The thefts have been occurring at night or on the weekend when no one is around, he said.

Anyone with information about the thefts or those responsible is asked to call Officer Medina at 961-2395.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. The numbers are answered 24 hours a day. Callers will be given a coded number and their identity will remain anonymous. Callers may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if their call leads to an arrest, indictment or the recovery of property. Crime Stoppers neither subscribes to “Caller ID,” nor does it record phone calls.

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