East Hawaii News

Police Investigate Increase in Vehicle Break-Ins

August 29, 2014, 10:37 AM HST
* Updated August 30, 8:49 AM
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Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a significant increase in reported car break-ins over the past three months, particularly in the Waiākea Uka and Kaūmana areas of Hilo.

According to a press release, most of the break-ins took place overnight with wallets or other personal information being stolen.

In a majority of these cases, the victim’s cars had been left unlocked and parked either on streets fronting the owner’s home or on the owner’s property.

“No one wants to wake up and discover that their car has been broken into. Please help us by reporting any suspicious persons in your neighborhood,” said Capt. Richard Sherlock.

“This is a good opportunity to remind everyone to lock parked cars and roll up the windows,” he added.

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Suspicious activities may be reported to the police by calling the non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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Anonymous calls may be made to the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

All information is kept confidential.

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