02-01-16 Hilo man charged with copper theft

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Gregory Esteban
Phone: 961-2252
Report No. C15019216


Media Release

A 24-year-old man has been charged with theft of copper in connection with two incidents last June.

The 52-year-old victim reported that 128 pounds of copper pipe had been removed from his warehouse in the Panaʻewa area of Hilo on June 23 and June 25. Investigation revealed that Greg Makaala Hiroshi Branco of Hilo had recycled the copper, valued at $194, without the owner’s permission.

Branco was arrested Saturday (January 30) and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 9:50 a.m. Monday, (February 1), Branco was charged with theft of copper and his bail was set at $2,000. He was also charged Saturday on an unrelated bench warrant for failure to appear. Bail for that offense was set at $150.

He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday afternoon.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • Keep your community safe through Crime Stoppers

    Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

    The Crime Stoppers TV Program is available on-demand from Nā Leo TV.