Police seek information on Puna fruit tree thefts 12-13-02

PHONE: 965-2716
DECEMBER 13, 2002


Puna police are seeking information about an increasing number of thefts of noni fruit and trees in an area extending from Hawaii Paradise Park to Kalapana.

Police said that noni farmers first reported the theft of the fruit about eight months ago. Since then, there have been an increasing number of thefts, including the theft of the trees themselves.

Noni is used to make medicinal as well as fruit juice drinks.

Anyone with information about the thefts or the identity of the thieves is asked to call the Keaau police station at 966-5835 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

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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