Two men break into Hilo home, rob elderly woman 08-11-03

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
EAST HAWAII CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SECTION
DETECTIVE LUCILLE MELEMAI
PHONE: 961-2377
AUGUST 11, 2003

MEDIA RELEASE

Two masked men broke into a Lanikaula Street home early Sunday (August 10, 2003) and robbed an 86-year-old woman of cash, jewelry and other items.

Responding to a 12:45 a.m. call, South Hilo patrol officers determined that the men entered the home, confronted the elderly occupant and stole an undisclosed amount of cash, miscellaneous jewelry, a black leather purse and personal identification and credit cards.

The victim was not injured during the incident.

The robbers were described as being masked and dressed in black. One was described only as being about 5-foot-6 in height with a medium build. There was no description of the second robber.

The break-in was similar to one that happened a week ago when two masked men broke into a Kanoelani Street home and terrorized its occupants — a 93-year-old man and his 89-year-old wife — before robbing them of jewelry and cash.

In that incident, which occurred early Monday (August 4, 2003), two robbers described as local males entered the home through a window and started going through the house.

They eventually got to the master bedroom, where they found the elderly couple. One of the males brandished what was described as a handgun, and they tied up the husband. Before leaving, the two stole jewelry and an undisclosed amount of cash.

One of the robbers in that incident was described being 5-foot-9 or 5-foot-10 in height with a heavy build and having black wavy hair and perhaps a beard. His accomplice was described as being 5-foot-7 in height, weighing 140 to 150 pounds and having unknown colored hair and eyes.

Police are advising Hilo residents to be aware of what’s happening in their neighborhoods and to report unusual or suspicious activities.

Anyone with information about either of the two robberies or the identity of the suspects is asked to call Detective Lucille Melemai of the East Hawaii Criminal Investigation Section at 961-2377 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

Those who wish to remain anonymous are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept strictly confidential.

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