Hawai’i Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Mitch Kanehailua
April 7, 2010
Report No. C09036472
Media Release (update)
Police are renewing their request for information about a series of crimes stemming from the theft of a handbag in December.
On December 18 at about 5:47 p.m., South Hilo Patrol officers responded to an address on Lono Street in Hilo to investigate a reported theft. The victim reported that she was parking in her carport when a man confronted her, reached into her vehicle and stole her handbag containing miscellaneous items and an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect was last seen running in the mauka direction on Lono Street and entering a dark two-door pickup truck parked on the shoulder. The truck, which may have been a Toyota, was last seen headed in the mauka direction on Lono Street.
The suspect is described as a local male, in his early-to-mid 30s with a dark complexion and a “dirty” appearance. He was last seen wearing surf shorts and a light-colored shirt.
Police have classified the case as a first-degree burglary and have also initiated first-degree unauthorized entry into motor vehicle and second-degree theft investigations.
Police ask that anyone with information about this incident call Lieutenant Mitch Kanehailua at 961-2252 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.