Police warn of renewed Hilo car break-ins 03-14-03

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
HILO COMMUNITY POLICING PROGRAM
OFFICER JOHN “MASA” PAGAY
PHONE: 961-8892
MARCH 14, 2003

MEDIA RELEASE

Police have renewed a warning to Hilo residents that thieves are breaking into unattended and unlocked vehicles and stealing contents left inside.

Police said that a number of unauthorized entry into motor vehicles have been reported in Hilo during the past few days. The thieves are targeting vehicles left unlocked and unattended during the late evening and early morning hours.

Car break-ins and thefts were reported in the Keaukaha, Paukaa and University Heights areas and along Banyan Drive and Kalanianaole Avenue.

Residents are urged to lock their cars at night, to remove all valuables from their vehicles and to make sure their residences are secure against burglars.

On March 4, 2003, police issued a similar advisory to residents living the area surrounding lower Haihai Street after a number of car break-ins and thefts were reported.

Anyone with information about the car break-ins is asked to call Community Police Officers Richard B. Toledo at 961-2350 or John “Masa” Pagay at 961-8892 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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