11-30-20 Hilo Couple Arrested and Charged in Overnight Crime Spree

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigation Section – Area I
Lieutenant Rio S. Amon-Wilkins
Phone: (808) 961-2252
Report No.: 20-090538

Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested and charged 30-year-old Saesha Shante Tiarelynn Pua-Olena Marie Paz, and 32-year-old Rory Robert Neville, both of Hilo, with an array of property-crime offenses, after a crime spree early Friday morning, November 27, 2020, in Hilo.

On Saturday afternoon, November 28, 2020, after conferring with County Prosecutors, police detectives charged Paz with four counts of Habitual Property Crime, three counts of Burglary of a Building during an Emergency Period, two counts of first-degree Theft, two counts of fourth-degree Theft, Unauthorized Control of a Propelled Vehicle (UCPV), and Burglary of a Dwelling during an Emergency Period. Her bail was set at $45,500.

Neville was charged with Burglary of a Dwelling during an Emergency Period, Burglary of a Building during an Emergency Period, first-degree theft, Unauthorized Control of a Propelled Vehicle (UCPV), third-degree Promotion of a Dangerous Drug, Drug Paraphernalia, and second-degree Criminal Trespass. His bail was set at $24,250.

These charges stem from a series of incidents beginning late Thursday morning, November 26, 2020, into the early morning hours of Friday, November 27, 2020, in Hilo. South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a reported burglary of a commercial building and the theft of a vehicle in Kaumana. Later, officers responded to a residential burglary and a burglary of a business establishment in the Waiakea area. During the course of this investigation, another burglary of a business was reported. During the initial phase of these investigations, police were able to identify Paz and Neville as suspects in the cases. Later Friday morning, Neville was arrested walking in downtown Hilo; Paz was arrested at a residence in Kaumana.

Paz and Neville remained in police custody in lieu of bail, pending their initial court appearance in Hilo District Court on Monday, November 30, 2020.      

Police want to remind the public that in light of the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) Emergency Proclamation which was declared by Hawaiʻi Governor David Ige, there are enhanced penalties for certain offenses. These offenses include, but are not limited to, burglary, theft, criminal property damage, and robbery.              

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