Thieves, vandals strike Hilo businesses 11-25-02

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
SOUTH HILO COMMUNITY POLICING
OFFICER JOHN “MASA” PAGAY
PHONE: 961-8892
NOVEMBER 25, 2002

MEDIA RELEASE

Police are looking for thieves and vandals who burglarized several businesses and damaged property on Makaala Street in Hilo.

Early Saturday morning (November 23, 2002), thieves attempted to break into several warehouses and auto repair shops on Makaala Street.

The thieves broke into one of the businesses and stole an undisclosed number of custom silk-screened T-shirts and other miscellaneous items. Before leaving the area, they also punctured a number of vehicle tires.

Late Sunday or early Monday, vandals sprayed graffiti and caused other damage to properties along Makaala Street. It was not known if the vandalism was related to the earlier break-ins.

Anyone with information about the burglaries or vandalism or the identity of those responsible is asked to call Community Policing Officer 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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