Hilo vandalism spreads to industrial area 01-30-03

PHONE: 961-8892
JANUARY 30, 2003


Hilo police said vandals who have damaged buildings and vehicles in downtown Hilo with a pellet gun apparently have expanded their vandalism spree to the Kanoelehua Industrial Area.

Police said the vandals have damaged the windows of at least two more Hilo business establishments. A business on Makaala Street was damaged on Monday (January 27, 2003), and another on Kanoelehua Avenue was vandalized on Wednesday.

The rash of vandalism was first reported on January 8, 2003, when vandals shot and damaged vehicles parked in or near the downtown area. Police issued its first public request for information the next day.

Since then, the vandals have been shooting at the windows of business establishments as well as at motor vehicles.

Since January 8, damage has occurred to vehicles and buildings on Waianuenue Avenue, Kinoole Street, Ainako Avenue, Ponahawai Street, Mamo Street and Rainbow Drive.

Anyone with information about the shooting incidents or the identity of the vandals is asked to call Hilo Community Policing Officer John “Masa” Pagay at 961-8892, Hilo Community Policing Officer Van Reyes at 961-2395, Hilo patrol at 961-2311 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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