Stolen Chinese artifacts recovered 04-02-03

PHONE: 961-2311
APRIL 2, 2003


Hilo Criminal Investigation Section detectives have recovered three 19th Century Chinese artifacts stolen from a Hilo residence last month.

Recovered were an ivory incense burner, valued at $22,000; a carved ivory tusk, valued at $3,500; and a jade carving of flowers, valued at $20,000.

The artifacts and other items were taken sometime between March 18 and 26, 2003, during the burglary of a private residence.

Several items, including Black Hill jewelry, taken in the burglary are still missing, but police have identified possible suspects.

Hilo Criminal Investigation Section detectives are continuing an investigation into the case.

Anyone with information about the burglary or any other theft is asked to call Detective Greg Esteban of the Hilo CIS at 961-2384 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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