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UPDATE: Hilo Man Wanted in HPP Burglary Captured

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***Updated 4:56 p.m. Monday, April 7.***

An 18-year-old Hilo man being sought in connection with a Puna burglary last week was located Saturday in North Kohala by police acting on a tip.

On Friday, police asked for the public’s help finding Darren K. Ornellas, who was a suspect in a burglary reported Thursday by a neighbor on 23rd Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

Ornellas was charged this morning with burglary and theft, and his bail was set at $7,000.

Posted 5:49 p.m. Friday, April 4:

An 18-year-old Hilo man is being sought in connection with a burglary Thursday in Puna.

Police said Darren K. Ornellas is a suspect in a break-in that occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on 23rd Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

A 62-year-old resident reported that he saw a suspicious male go to the front of his neighbor’s home and then to the rear of the residence, where he discovered signs of forced entry.

The man confronted the suspect as he ran from the residence and into some nearby brush.

Police later learned that cash and electronic devices had been stolen from the home.

Ornellas is described as a local male, 5-foot-5 and 135 pounds. He has a tan complexion, short brown hair and a light mustache.

He is known to operate a brownish-colored 1992 Honda 4-door sedan with dark-colored rims with a chrome ring. The vehicle’s license plate is HLS-049.

Anyone with information on Ornellas’ location or the incident is asked to contact Det. Royce Serrao at 961-2272 or [email protected], or the police department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.


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