Elderly Residents Warned About Thief 08/14/00

PHONE: 961-2311
AUGUST 14, 2000


Police are warning Hilo residents to guard against a thief who is apparently preying upon the elderly.

In separate incidents Sunday (August 13, 2000), an 86-year-old man and an 89-year-old woman told police that a man posing as a maintenance man stole money from their apartments at separate addresses.

In the first case, the male victim said he let what a man who said he was a maintenance man into his unit at the E Komo Mai apartment complex. After the suspect left, the victim discovered about $170 in cash was missing.

In the second incident, the female victim allowed a man claiming to be an employee sent to change screen doors to enter her unit at the Hilo Lagoon Centre. When the man left, she discovered that about $100 had been taken from her wallet.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, being about 5-feet-8 in height, weighing about 150 pounds with a slim build and having brown hair. Both witnesses said the man was wearing dark shorts.

Police are warning elderly residents to check strangers’ identification before letting them into their residence.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call police 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, and the identity of callers is kept strictly confidential.

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