Purse snatching 07-23-09

Hawai’i Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area I
Lieutenant Mitchell Kanehailua
Phone: 961-2252
July 23, 2009
Report No. C09019106

Media Release

The Hawai’i Police Department is requesting the public’s help in providing information about a reported robbery at the Hilo Shopping Center parking lot on Monday, June 29.

A 26-year-old Kea’au woman reported that a male approached her at 3:10 p.m. as she was unlocking her sports-utility vehicle. He grabbed her purse, which was slung across her body, and continued walking, causing the purse strap to break.

The woman sustained an injury to her left lower neck.

The suspect is described as a local male, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8 with a medium build and short dark hair. He was wearing dark pants or shorts and a white shirt with a black logo or wording on the back. He was last see walking toward Kilauea Avenue with the victim’s purse.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who has any other information about the case call Lieutenant Mitchell Kanehailua at 961-2252 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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