HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
HILO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION
CAPTAIN SAMUEL THOMAS
APRIL 4, 2003
MEDIA RELEASE UPDATE
Hilo Criminal Investigation Section detectives are seeking the public’s help in solving a robbery that occurred about 7:10 p.m. Saturday (March 29, 2003) at the McDonald’s restaurant at the Puainako Town Center.
As reported earlier, two unknown males approached the drive-through window on foot, sprayed some kind of chemical Mace at the cashier, then reached in and removed the cash till box from the open register. They then escaped on foot, running along Kanoelehua Avenue toward Puna. They were last seen running down East Kahoapea Street into the Panaewa Houselots area.
Police are asking the public for any information to help them apprehend the thieves. A special request is being made to the couple in a white sedan who were at the drive-through window at the time and any other patrons who were in the drive-through line when the robbery occurred.
Any information provided by the public is taken seriously and acted on. What may seem to be a minor bit of information to the public may be a major factor in solving the case.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Detective Duane Rapoza of the Hilo Criminal Investigation Section at 961-2382 or the police non-emergency number at 961-2382.
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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