Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Gregory Esteban
Report No. C13027254
Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a commercial burglary early Wednesday in Hilo.
Police received a report of an alarm call at 1:44 a.m. Wednesday (October 9) from a business at Waiakea Center. Responding officers saw a man fleeing from the area and discovered entry had been made into one of the businesses.
Patrol officers established a perimeter around the industrial area and arrested a suspect at 2:20 a.m. Robert Pookela Manaole, 18, who has no permanent address, was taken to the Hilo police cellblock on suspicion of second-degree burglary while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.
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