Valuable Chinese artifacts stolen 03-31-03

PHONE: 961-2311
MARCH 31, 2003

Incense Burner
Carved Tusk
STOLEN ITEMS — The three stolen items, from top left, were an ivory incense burner, a carved ivory tusk and a jade carving of flowers. The total value of the stolen items was estimated at more than $45,000.
Jade Carving


Police are seeking the public’s help in locating three 19th Century Chinese artifacts stolen from a Hilo residence.

The artifacts are valued at a total of more than $45,000.

They were stolen sometime between March 18 and 26, 2003. Also taken in the theft were Black Hill jewelry — necklace, rings and a bracelet — valued at more than $500.

The stolen artifacts 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.

Anyone with information about the theft or the whereabouts of the stolen items is asked to call Officer Darren K. Horio 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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