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Puna spigot robbery 10-08-12

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Gregory Esteban
Phone: 961-2252
Report No. C12026917


Media Release

Big Island police are investigating a reported robbery that occurred early Saturday morning in Puna.

On October 6 at about 3 a.m., a 67-year-old Volcano man reported that he was filling water containers at the county water spigots in Kurtistown when he was confronted by a lone male, who initially started a conversation with him. The suspect reportedly assaulted the victim and stole his wallet. Another male suspect appeared and was seen rummaging through the victim’s parked vehicle. Both suspects fled the area on foot.

The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. He was treated at the hospital and released.

One of the suspects was described as a Caucasian male in his late teens or early 20s, about 5-foot-9 tall with a medium build. He may have been wearing light-colored board shorts and a T-shirt.

Detectives are continuing the investigation, which is classified as a second-degree robbery and first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

Police ask that anyone may have witnessed this incident or has any other information about it contact Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.