Ka’u Flower Thefts 04/12/99

PHONE: 939-2520
APRIL 12, 1999


Ka’u police are seeking the public’s help in solving a series of protea thefts from flower growers in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.

Police said the flower thefts have been going on for several months, and so far the value of the stolen plants has been estimated at more than $2,000.

Police suspect that the thief or thieves may be selling the stolen protea to shippers and florists on the Big Island. They ask that shippers and florists be on the lookout for stolen protea and to make sure where the flowers they buy are coming from.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call Officer William Doar of the Ka’u Patrol at 939-2520.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona or 961-8300 in Hilo. 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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